It appears being a local legend doesn’t buy you much stock with Arizona fans – at least not if you’re ex-NBA star Tom Chambers.
The former NBA All-Pro is staring down assault charges after allegedly attacking a fan who became verbally abusive in a Scottsdale, Ariz., bar, according to a report by TMZ.
Witnesses reportedly told the police the victim told Chambers he was “tall and scrawny” and said to Chambers, “You’re not s—t.”
Chambers, however, said he snapped over one particularly pointed remark, telling police the other patron said, “Your mom should have killed you when you came out of the womb.”
While the victim claims Chambers grabbed him by the throat and threw him back, Chambers said he “absolutely put my hands on [him]” but did not punch him. The victim reportedly had a mark on his neck and a bruise on his lip, according to the police.
Chambers played 16 seasons in the NBA, including five in Phoenix, and retired after the 1997-98 season.
While with the Suns, Chambers made three All-Star teams and helped lead the team to the postseason all five years, including Phoenix’s last appearance in the NBA Finals in 1993.
Chambers might be best known to Knicks fans, however, as the one who put Mark Jackson on a poster with an incredible two-handed dunk.
After a police investigation, Chambers was charged with assault, while the other patron was charged with disorderly conduct.
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