Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Ex-University Of Washington Basketball Player Venoy Overton Charged With Being A Pimp

SEATTLE TIMES - Former University of Washington basketball player Venoy Overton promised an 18-year-old woman that he'd repay any money she made working as a prostitute "tenfold" after he was drafted by the NBA, according to a criminal charge filed Friday by King County prosecutors. But that felony charge — second-degree promoting prostitution — could short-circuit any professional aspirations the one-time Husky point guard may be harboring after a scandal-marred senior season. The felony charge, which stems from a monthlong investigation, is punishable by a maximum of five years in jail and a $10,000 fine. Overton, 22, is being held in King County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bail pending his June 30 arraignment. Overton, who made headlines earlier this year when he avoided prosecution after a sexual tryst with two teenage girls, was arrested Thursday in South Seattle. According to the charging documents, Overton offered the woman detailed instructions on how to work as a prostitute by walking "the track" on Pacific Highway South. He drove the woman to Kent, told her how to walk, what prices to charge and how many tricks to turn before calling him to pick her up, according to the charges. The woman worked as a prostitute in South King County for three nights last month. She split her money with Overton, who celebrated her first earnings by buying a cigar and filling the tank of his 1995 "UW purple" Chevrolet Caprice, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Sean O'Donnell wrote in the charging documents. Kent police launched the investigation after the woman was arrested May 20 after offering to perform a sex act on an undercover officer for $200. She told police that working as a prostitute was "one of the most degrading things she has ever experienced" but claimed she was strapped for cash and agreed to do it for Overton, whom she considered her boyfriend. The woman told police that she was required to turn over half her earnings to Overton, the charges say...

I'd say this fine upstanding citizen represents just what the NBA needs - more pimps.  Or, maybe this chick could become the newest star of Basketball Wives on VH1.  David Stern must be jiggy with the prospect of this thug joining the league and I say he'll fit right in with all the other punks, deadbeat dads, drug dealers and weapons merchants.  Good luck, Venoy!