Gerald Wilkins appears to be in a rough place as he was arrested again in Atlanta.
Former New York Knicks guard Gerald Wilkins, who was drafted in the second round the same year the team selected Patrick Ewing, has been arrested for the fourth time since May. His latest arrest stemming from a conflict that allegedly started when he refused to use a rideshare app at a gas station in Atlanta this past week.
According to court documents obtained by TMZ, the former NBA player allegedly turned violent after a female rideshare driver requested that he use an app to request a ride before entering her vehicle.
The 56-year-old, Wilkins, who was arrested three times in ten days from late May to early June, allegedly punched the driver in the shoulder before two male onlookers at the gas station got involved, resulting in one of them being punched in the face.
A third witness on the scene apparently backed up the driver’s description of the events. Wilkins phoned 9-1-1 claiming that he was the victim in the altercation, saying he was attacked.
Wilkins is being charged with three criminal charges, including two counts of misdemeanor simple battery and one count of misdemeanor criminal trespass, according to TMZ.
The former Knick has fallen on difficult times that makes you wonder if something is impacting his ability to make sound judgments. This is the fourth legal incident in the past three months for Wilkins. Hopefully, he can get the help he needs to get his life back on track, or clear up any misunderstandings that led to these recent incidents.
As a professional basketball player, Wilkins was often in his brother Dominique’s shadow, but he carved a solid career for himself playing for the Knicks, Cavs, Magic, and Grizzlies. In seven seasons in New York, he was a regular starter and consistent scorer.