CBS basketball analyst and former NBA player, Greg Anthony, 47, was arrested on Friday for soliciting a prostitute, and was suspended by CBS.
According to ESPN, Anthony used a computer while staying at a Doubletree by Hilton on Rhode Island Avenue NW in Washington, D.C – near the White House – to execute the crime. Unbeknownst to the former NBA basketball star, he was being monitored by an undercover investigation team that catches online prostitution crimes.
Just before 6 p.m., police arrived at the hotel room, handcuffing Anthony and taking him into custody, according to the police report. He was released the same day. Others were arrested at the hotel in connection to the prostitution scandal, but further details have not been released.
The manager at the Doubletree by Hilton was alerted of the arrests and stated that he was unaware of the illegal activities and had no further comment. Anthony was in the D.C. area to announce the Michigan State – Maryland basketball game that was taking place on Saturday near College Park, Maryland.
After learning of Greg Anthony’s arrest, CBS – where Anthony worked since 2008 and introduced as the No. 1 NCAA hoops analyst – announced their decision via email to suspend Anthony for the rest of the season.
A CBS spokesperson delivered the news Saturday morning and said, “Greg Anthony will not be working again for CBS this season.”
No comments have been made in regards to Anthony’s return in 2016, or if he’s even able to return for that matter, according to the Washington Post.
Fans and colleagues react to CBS suspending Anthony and his arrest via social media. Some are calling it hypocritical, while others are just down right shocked by the prostitution scandal.
Anthony, who is the father of four children and the husband to Florida dermatologist Chere Anthony, released an apologetic statement to his family and colleagues.
“I made a mistake. 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 is not only known as a basketball analyst for CBS, but also for playing in the NBA from 1991 until 2002. He played for the New York Nicks and Portland Trail Blazers after having a successful basketball career at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, which includes a NCAA championship in 1990.
Anthony was charged with solicitation and faces up to 180 days in jail, if convicted. He is due in Court February 3 for the misdemeanor charge.
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