Ex-WNBA, Lady Vol player Holdsclaw in jail on assault charge

An image of the car that Chamique Holdsclaw is alleged to have attacked.

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An image of the car that Chamique Holdsclaw is alleged to have attacked.

Chamique Holdsclaw's booking photo from the Atlanta Police Department.

Chamique Holdsclaw's booking photo from the Atlanta Police Department.

File- This July 17, 2011 file photo shows Tulsa Shock forward Jennifer Lacy reacting after being called for a foul against the New York Liberty during the first quarter of a WNBA basketball game, Sunday, in Newark, N.J.  Atlanta police say a warrant has been issued for former WNBA star and Olympic gold medalist Chamique Holdsclaw who is accused of shooting into a woman's car after using a bat to break its windows.  Police said Thursday that Holdsclaw followed the woman, Lacy, to her car on Tuesday Nov. 13, 2012. WNBA spokesman Ron Howard says the 29-year-old Lacy plays for the Tulsa Shock.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez,File)

File- This July 17, 2011 file photo shows Tulsa Shock forward Jennifer Lacy reacting after being called for a foul against the New York Liberty during the first quarter of a WNBA basketball game, Sunday, in Newark, N.J. Atlanta police say a warrant has been issued for former WNBA star and Olympic gold medalist Chamique Holdsclaw who is accused of shooting into a woman's car after using a bat to break its windows. Police said Thursday that Holdsclaw followed the woman, Lacy, to her car on Tuesday Nov. 13, 2012. WNBA spokesman Ron Howard says the 29-year-old Lacy plays for the Tulsa Shock. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez,File)

ATLANTA (AP) — Former WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw is in custody after being accused of shooting into a woman's car after using a bat to break its windows.

Atlanta police said Thursday that the incident happened Tuesday after the Olympic gold medalist followed 29-year-old Jennifer Lacy to her car. Lacy plays for the Tulsa Shock.

No one was injured. Lacy identified the 35-year-old Holdsclaw, one of the biggest stars in women's college basketball history during her career at Tennessee, as an ex-girlfriend. They were teammates with the Atlanta Dream in 2009.

Holdsclaw was in custody Thursday night in Fulton County Jail. Her bond was set at $10,000 on one charge each of aggravated assault, second-degree criminal damage and reckless conduct.

A number for Holdsclaw listed in the police report went to voicemail and it was unknown whether she had an attorney.

Lacy issued a statement through the Shock.

"I want to thank my family, friends, fans and Shock family for their concern during this difficult time," Lacy said. "I have never felt more love from my fans in supporting me."

In September, Holdsclaw returned to her alma mater to discuss her fight with clinical depression, which included a suicide attempt during her pro career.

Holdsclaw recounted how she attempted suicide in 2006 as a member of the Los Angeles Sparks by overdosing on the medication she was taking for clinical depression. She also wouldn't leave her Washington home for a few days in 2004, two years after the death of the grandmother who raised her.

She discussed these situations in a book, "Breaking Through: Beating The Odds Shot After Shot," that came out earlier this year.

Holdsclaw led Tennessee to three consecutive national championships from 1996-98 before beginning a pro career that included six WNBA All-Star selections. She also played on the U.S. Olympic team that won the gold medal in the 2000 Games. She had 3,025 career points at Tennessee and remains the Southeastern Conference's career scoring leader.

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Comments » 18

ColdBlackWind writes:

Small Mike has been right all along....just saying.

SummittsCourt writes:

I read her book - it was very open about her life and her struggles. Many things the average fan would not have known was going on in her life.

I am stunned by this because she was doing so well and seemed to be adjusted to life after basketball and in dealing with her depression.

I have no doubts that this is an episode brought on by some sort of setback in her life. If you know someone who has depression you know this is a lifelong battle.

Lets not be too hasty to judge her, rather lets pray for her because it's obvious her demons are not letting go.

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to ColdBlackWind:

Small Mike has been right all along....just saying.

No need for that kind of comment... just saying.

voloffaith writes:

Sad...very sad....the lifestyle thing should be left alone.....

voloffaith writes:

in response to ColdBlackWind:

Small Mike has been right all along....just saying.

May not be true...someone could have taken advantage of her vulnerability in the hard times and drawn to someone caring when struggling...just sayin'

ambrown64 writes:

It is sad, and the lifestyle thing should be left alone. Its been around as long as people have, no big whoop.

The charges are disturbing. This sort of rage ain't no joke and its a good thing that she's not in for murder right now.

Some people have a dark side that never lets them rest. She's clearly been troubled for years, but has always been proud of her Vol family. 'Mique is in trouble. Sometimes, you just have to wish the best for someone.

tonyvick#213307 writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

I read her book - it was very open about her life and her struggles. Many things the average fan would not have known was going on in her life.

I am stunned by this because she was doing so well and seemed to be adjusted to life after basketball and in dealing with her depression.

I have no doubts that this is an episode brought on by some sort of setback in her life. If you know someone who has depression you know this is a lifelong battle.

Lets not be too hasty to judge her, rather lets pray for her because it's obvious her demons are not letting go.

You're right...tears

bbmon13#478091 writes:

Why is this 'SAD' ???
It's not sad, it's stupid.

Who takes a baseball bat to someone's car, then takes a shot at the car???

Don't judge her?
Good grief people - how'd you like for someone to shoot at you, then start beating your car with a baseball bat?

What if it were your daughter that Holdsclaw was shooting at? How would you feel about it?

It's not sad, nor disturbing - it's stupid....she could be in jail for murder today - she's probably lucky that it's just assualt.

OTPVol writes:

I hear she's going to take up golf.

eduardo writes:

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Sweet writes:

in response to eduardo:

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what do U mean by it's the culture??????????

CommodoreCapital writes:

Maybe she can write another book about her struggles in jail and pick up another girlfriend while she is there.

She sounds like a true VFL.

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to bbmon13#478091:

Why is this 'SAD' ???
It's not sad, it's stupid.

Who takes a baseball bat to someone's car, then takes a shot at the car???

Don't judge her?
Good grief people - how'd you like for someone to shoot at you, then start beating your car with a baseball bat?

What if it were your daughter that Holdsclaw was shooting at? How would you feel about it?

It's not sad, nor disturbing - it's stupid....she could be in jail for murder today - she's probably lucky that it's just assualt.

It's judgmental posts like yours that I was referring to. You nor I, know the facts yet. So don't be getting your self-righteous panties in a twist.

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to CommodoreCapital:

Maybe she can write another book about her struggles in jail and pick up another girlfriend while she is there.

She sounds like a true VFL.

You are a classless idiot. You know nothing. Losing in every sport has damaged your ability to think straight.

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to eduardo:

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Too many stupid, clueless people on these boards who think their little comments are cute and funny when they are not.

Theo writes:

in response to CommodoreCapital:

Maybe she can write another book about her struggles in jail and pick up another girlfriend while she is there.

She sounds like a true VFL.

Typical Vandy fan - always classy.

Theo writes:

Hate it, Hate it, Hate it. Obviously no excuse for bad behavior but probably some known reasons. I know C. always refers to Pat as her second mother so I'm sure the darkness has settled around her again. So sorry for the other young woman, I'm sure she was rightfully terrified if the story is as told.
Would like to see Joan Cronnan get involved here. She is no longer an employee or representative of the University but probably someone Meek still respects.

ColdBlackWind writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

No need for that kind of comment... just saying.

Recognizing that character flaws like this exist is one thing. Knowing through the time of man that it has been present is not justification. Tolerating it is difficult. Embracing it and supporting it is ridiculously unacceptable.

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