Ex-Illini player Jereme Richmond faces assault, weapon charges
BY JEFF MAYES AND MICHAEL O’BRIEN Staff Reporters August 9, 2011 12:56PM
Waukegan Police Department mugshot of Jereme Richmond
Updated: August 10, 2011 11:38AM
Jereme Richmond, the former Waukegan and University of Illinois basketball player, was behind bars Tuesday after being charged with threatening to shoot a man.
Richmond, 19, was being held in the Lake County Jail on $100,000 bond after being charged with several felonies Monday.
Richmond was the Sun-Times boys basketball Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010, though his basketball career was mired in controversy. He left Illinois after one season and declared for the NBA draft but wasn’t selected.
He was arrested at about 12:30 p.m. Monday in the 3000 block of Golfmoor Street, according to Waukegan Police Cmdr. Gabe Guzman. Charges included aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, battery, possession of a firearm and assault.
Police were called to the address, the home of a woman whom Richmond might have formerly dated, according to a police report. Richmond got into an argument with the girl’s parents and allegedly made threats.
According to a police report, Richmond told one of the victims, “You looking for me? I’m here now! I’m gonna shoot your ass!”
Officers arrived to find Richmond outside the house near a car, with three other men sitting inside, Guzman said. They also found a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun in the back of the station wagon. He didn’t know if the gun was loaded.
All four men were arrested without incident, and no one was injured in the confrontation, Guzman said.
Matthew Riley, 22, of the 1900 block of Hervey in North Chicago, was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a firearm, Guzman said. Charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct were Christopher Coburn, 21, of the 3400 block of Windhaven in Waukegan, and Marqus Amos, 21, of the 1400 block of Kristan in North Chicago.
Richmond had a tumultuous freshman season at Illinois, averaging 7.6 points and five rebounds. He played in 31 games and started six.
“I am saddened to learn about the incident involving Jereme,” Illinois coach Bruce Weber said in a statement. “We wish the best for the young people involved and their families as they work through this situation.”
Richmond missed the Illini’s two NCAA tournament games for violating the school’s athletic code. He sat out a game earlier in the season after returning home to deal with a personal matter.
He also reportedly was involved in a fight with a teammate after a loss to Michigan in the Big Ten tournament March 11.
“Your suppose to pray for those less fortunate than you and hope things get better for them...not be happy about their mistakes,” tweeted former Illini teammate Brandon Paul.
“Smh keep jereme in your prayers even if u dislike him. He’s only 19 has a whole life to live! Everyone makes mistakes!!,” tweeted former Illini teammate Mike Davis.
Richmond also had a controversial career at Waukegan. He was kicked off his high school team after his sophomore year after numerous altercations with teammates and coaches. He was allowed to return as a sophomore and eventually led the Bulldogs to two state tournament berths.
Contributing: Sun-Times Media Wire