Greg Antony has apologized for his late night arrest for soliciting a prostitute in Washington, D.C., saying he made a mistake and asking for forgiveness.
The CBS basketball analyst and former NBA player was picked up Friday night in a prostitution sting. A police report said Anthony used his computer as part of the crime, and he was arrested in a hotel just miles from the White House.
Following the arrest, CBS released a statement saying that the head college basketball commentator would be placed on an indefinite suspension.
“Greg Anthony will not be working again for CBS this season,” a network spokeswoman said.
Turner Sports offered no further comment, but the 47-year-old Anthony released a public statement apologizing for the arrest.
“I made a mistake,” he said. “With this lapse of judgment, I embarrassed many, including myself. I will work to regain the trust that I have lost, and the first step is saying that I am sorry.”
Anthony was one of the most popular players in Nevada history, starting as point guard for the iconic UNLV Runnin’ Rebels teams of the late ’80s and early ’90s. After college, he was picked No. 12 in the NBA draft by the New York Knicks.
Greg Anthony played for five different teams in the NBA from 1991 to 2002, and after retiring, went to work as an NBA commentator on ESPN and ABC.
Anthony was also interested in politics, and at one time aspired to be the first black U.S. Senator from Nevada. Though Anthony said he is now focused on his television career, he has maintained an interest in politics and even endorsed Barack Obama for president in 2008, though he switched his allegiance to Mitt Romney in 2012.
“I think it’s a responsibility we have as citizens to be active participants, not necessarily just running for office but being engaged in what’s going on,” he said in an interview with Newsday last April. “So absolutely I still stay involved.”
Greg Anthony faces up to 90 days in jail if convicted.