Life after basketball can sometimes be a lottery. On one side of the coin, you have the Michael Jordan's and the Shaquille O'Neal's of the world, players who have used their fame and fortune to enter other career paths, such as media or commentating. And then on the other side of the coin, you have the Allen Iverson's and Latrell Sprewell's of the world, players who blew their career earnings not long after retiring from the NBA.
Another player to add to the long list of disappointing retirees is former Bulls star Ben Gordon, who was arrested Sunday night in New York for a pretty stupid crime.
Gordon was arrested for driving with a forged driving license on his vehicle.
Gordon's car was stopped for a routine traffic stop, but the officer in charge of the stop soon realized something was up when he ran Ben's number plate through the database, as it showed a completely different expiry date to the one attached to the car.
Gordon was a promising young player when he was drafted back in 2004 with the third overall pick to the Chicago Bulls, as he became the first rookie in NBA history to win the Sixth Man of the Year award. His best year in terms of production came in the 2006-07 season, where Gordon averaged 21.4 points per contest, leading the Bulls to a first-round win over the defending champions the Miami Heat. Gordon then backed up that year with an incredible 2008-09 first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics, averaging 24.3 points as the Bulls fought tooth and nail in a seven-game series defeat to the C's.
Since his departure from the NBA, Gordon has been in and out of trouble with the law, reportedly being arrested three times in the past six months.
Let's hope Gordon can get his life back on track after his latest arrest.