In an embarrassing incident out of the Congo, retired basketball legend Dikembe Mutombo has been accused of orchestrating an illegal gold smuggling business out of his home country of Congo.
First off, it should be said that it is illegal to set up any gold sales out of the Congo. There are sanctions in place preventing the export of mineral wealth so as to not be able to prop up the mafia style government in place there.
Mutombo supposedly approached oil executive Kase Lawal about the ideas to smuggle more than $10 million dollars worth of gold out of the country and complete a sale of the precious metal in neighboring Kenya. The police would wind up having other plans.
At the last moment Lawal’s Gulfstream airplane was seized while still within the borders of the Congo. All aboard were arrested. Noticeably absent were Motumbo or his brother Reagan. They have denied all wrongdoing in the event.
This can present itself as a PR disaster for Motumbo. Since leaving the Houston Rockers, Motumbo has been best known for his charity work done on behalf of his native Congolese people. Being involved with a smuggling ring does not really put your best foot forward.
Motumbo played 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association. He played the majority of his career with the Houston Rockets.
Motumbo’s people could not be reached for comment at this time.
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