By Melanie Nathan, Nov. 17, 2012.
I read on a Facebook page that renowned former WNBA star and gold medalist, Chamique Holdsclaw was arrested and taken into custody after being accused of shooting into a woman’s car after using a bat to break its windows.
Researching I found this AP report:
“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.
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. AP Article “
Chamique Shaunta Holdsclaw (born August 9, 1977)was under a contract with the San Antonio Silver Stars. She announced her retirement from the Los Angeles Sparks on June 11, 2007, though she eventually came out of retirement to play with the Atlanta Dream for the 2009 WNBA Season.
Fans continue to show support for Holdsclaw with posts such as “We always we love you Chamique no matter what.”
THE BOOK BREAKING THROUGH – Via Amazon Description:
“On the surface, Chamique Holdsclaw’s memoirs, Breaking Through, is an inspiring behind-the-scenes glimpse of what it’s like to play professional women’s basketball. It’s got the thrills, the spills, and the locker room gossip that any sports fan longs to read about and be privy to. Holdsclaw takes her readers on a whirlwind tour of life as a WNBA star, from the streets of New York to the streets of the world. From Astoria to Tennessee to Spain to Poland and eventually winding up in Atlanta, we follow Chamique up and down the court of life until we too are winded from the back-and-forth.
But when we stop to catch our breath, we realize this is much more than another sports book. New York features prominently in these pages—its successes, its heartbreaks, its projects and its swanky gyms. The relative security and safety of Holdsclaw’s life at Christ the King High School in Queens stands in sharp contrast to her tales of life in the nearby projects, where alcoholism, drug abuse, petty crime and despair have a strong foothold in the rundown buildings and darkened bus stops.
But Holdsclaw does not dwell; she does not sulk. She doesn’t have the time, frankly, for we soon find that the life of a young basketball star is full of constant action. From sunup to sundown, Holdsclaw is practicing, shooting, running and negotiating. The decision about which college to attend is almost as harrowing for the readers as it is for Holdsclaw herself, and we breathe a sigh of relief when she makes what is obviously the right choice.
And though we meet Jay-Z and Gabrielle Reece and many other famous sports stars on these pages, the personality we most remember is that of Holdsclaw’s grandmother and guardian. She is the calm in Holdsclaw’s storm, the light that shines into and illuminates the dark tunnels of choices no child should have to make. June Holdsclaw’s steadfast surety is something every child would be fortunate to have, and her granddaughter’s testament to her faith and love resonates in these pages.
As Holdsclaw grows up and trades in the streets of New York and a busted up pair of hi-tops for the rigors of academia at the University of Tennessee, the burdens of success become more apparent. The stress of being a star on the court takes its toll mentally, academically, and of course, physically, but Holdsclaw bravely dribbles past these obstacles and fights to stay on top. Which isn’t to say she doesn’t have her distractions—from boys to friends to tough-as-nails coaches like Pat Summitt, Holdsclaw’s busy life bustles and buzzes throughout Breaking Through, making the pages hum with vitality.
And only when Holdsclaw’s health fails her, when her team slows down and the winning streak seems to be over, does she come to realize that what’s essential in basketball—and of course, in life—isn’t speed, or strength, or who you know, or how hard you work, but balance: the fine line between not enough and too much, between carefree and careless. She finally finds hers, and that’s what makes this book the powerful read that it is.
At its core, Breaking Through is a testament to the places and people that make us whole and keep us sane—it’s a shout out to hard work, love, faith and equilibrium.”
I have not read the book myself and do not know if Holdsclaw was OUT as a lesbian or not.