Former Trail Blazers guard Ben McLemore has been arrested on rape charges in Oregon – Sports News (Trending Perfect)


Ben McLemore has been playing professionally overseas since his stint with the Trail Blazers ended

Content Warning: This story includes a description of alleged domestic violence.

Former Portland Trail Blazers guard Ben McLemore was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman in 2021 while he was playing in the franchise. According to ESPN's Baxter Holmes.

McLemore, who had recently been playing professionally in Spain, was arrested at Portland International Airport on Tuesday. He is charged with one count of first-degree rape, one count of first-degree unlawful sexual penetration, and two counts of second-degree sexual assault.

The alleged incident in question occurred on October 3, 2021, when McLemore was playing for the Trail Blazers. A Clackamas County grand jury heard evidence in the case earlier this year, according to the report, and heard testimony from the alleged victim. An arrest warrant was issued shortly after. Further details about the alleged incident are not yet known.

“We applaud the survivor's courage for coming forward and putting herself through this arduous process, and we will continue to support her in any way we can,” police said via ESPN.

McLemore was first selected by the Sacramento Kings with the No. 7 overall pick in 2013 out of Kansas. He spent four seasons with the Kings, then had brief stints with the Memphis Grizzlies, Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers before landing in Portland. McLemore averaged 10.2 points and 1.6 rebounds per game with the Trail Blazers benched.

The 31-year-old has not played in the league since, although he has played for teams in China, Greece and Spain. He most recently played for Rio Pregan in Spain earlier this month.

McLemore has since posted bail and been released. He is scheduled to appear in court in July.



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