Sebastian Telfair was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison

Sebastian Telfair on the court in a game for the Oklahoma City Thunder

Sebastian Telfair on the court in a game for the Oklahoma City Thunder

Inside, the officers found three loaded handguns, a gas-powered submachine gun, extended magazines, ammunition and a ballistic vest.

On Monday, Telfair was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison for gun possession.

"I kind of ruined my career with that", Telfair said then. Telfair appeared in front of a jury on Monday, pleading the judge, "Please don't take me from society right now". "I'm 34. I can go play in China for another six years, take care of my family". I got an American Express, ' he added.

Telfair was also arrested on gun charges in 2007. He claimed the search was illegal since there was no warrant presented by the officers, who said they smelled marijuana from inside the vehicle, which prompted their probable cause search.

He said that he didn't know the guns were in the auto because he was going through a divorce at the time and paid movers to put some of his belongings in his truck and transport them up from Florida to NY for him, before he arrived back. After searching Telfair's truck, authorities retrieved "a loaded.45 caliber gun in the console".

A cousin of fellow NY point guard Stephon Marbury, Telfair never approached Marbury's level of success in the National Basketball Association, as he bounced from Portland to the Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Telfair was one of the most highly touted high school recruits in the nation, but he forewent his college eligibility to declare for the 2004 NBA Draft.

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