Former NBA Player Ben McLemore Arrested on Multiple Sex Crime Charges

Former NBA Player Ben McLemore Arrested on Multiple Sex Crime Charges


Former NBA player Ben McLemore was arrested by U.S. Marshals on Tuesday at Portland International Airport and is currently detained in Oregon. McLemore, aged 31, faces serious allegations, including one charge of first-degree rape, one of first-degree unlawful sexual penetration, and two of second-degree sexual abuse. These charges are related to an incident reported to have occurred on October 3, 2021, in Lake Oswego, Oregon, during his tenure with the Portland Trail Blazers.


Since his last NBA game in 2022, McLemore has been active in international basketball leagues, recently competing in Spain. His arrest is the result of a prolonged investigation triggered by the 2021 incident report. Despite his subsequent departure from the U.S. to play overseas—which reportedly delayed the investigation—Lake Oswego Police have continued to gather necessary evidence.


In February, the case saw significant advancement when a Clackamas County grand jury reviewed the evidence, including testimony from the alleged victim, which led to the formal indictment and subsequent issuance of an arrest warrant for McLemore.

The authorities have praised the alleged victim’s bravery in coming forward and enduring the demanding legal process. They have also assured ongoing support for her.


Following his arrest, McLemore was initially placed in the Multnomah County Detention Center and later transferred to Clackamas County Jail. He was arraigned the following afternoon in Clackamas County Circuit Court. After the arraignment, he was released from custody on a $500,000 bail, with the stipulation that he post $50,000.

As of now, representatives and legal counsel for McLemore have not provided any comments on the matter. His next court appearance is scheduled for July 1 at 10 a.m. PT.

Ben McLemore, known for his basketball career after being the seventh overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft from Kansas, has played for five different teams over nine seasons in the league. His recent legal troubles have brought a significant shift to his professional and personal life, spotlighting the serious nature of the allegations against him.

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