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Former NBA player Kermit Washington sentenced to six years in federal prison for charity fraud
Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY Published 2:14 p.m. ET July 10, 2018


Former NBA player Kermit Washington was sentenced on Monday to six years in federal prison for convictions on charity fraud. He was also ordered to pay nearly $970,000 in restitution.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in the western district of Missouri stated in a news release that the 66-year-old Washington "abused his fame and status to promote a charity scam by which he raised hundreds of thousands of dollars that he diverted to personal spending on lavish vacations, shopping sprees, and even plastic surgery for his girlfriend."

Washington -- best known for knocking out Houston's Rudy Tomjanovich with a devastating punch in a 1977 game -- told donors that the funds were going toward charitable work in Africa for starving and HIV-positive children.

In November 2017, Washington pleaded guilty in federal court in Kansas City, Mo., to making a false statement on his tax return and to aggravated identity theft.

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"His fraud scheme also victimized law-abiding taxpayers by stealing from the public treasury rather than paying taxes owed,Ē the U.S. Attorney's Office noted.

Washington played for five NBA teams in the 1970s and 1980s. He was with the Los Angeles Lakers when he hit Tomjanovich in what has since been remembered as "The Punch." Washington was suspended for 60 days after Tomjanovich was hospitalized for several injuries -- a fractured skull, broken jaw, broken nose and leakage of spinal fluid. He eventually needed surgery to reconstruct his face.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:31 pm    Post subject:

what a tragic tale.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:31 pm    Post subject:

Kermit won the battle but Rudy T won the war
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:48 am    Post subject:

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Isn't that Mychal Thompson's best buddy & former radio partner?

I liked Kermit as a player. He suffered as much as Rudy did from the incident. Kermit was developing into JUST the PF that Kareem needed when The Punch happened.


Wow, don't kid yourself or us.

Kermit didn't suffer pain, surgery, therapy or a lifetime of jaw ache that Rudy did, though KW has suffered in his lifetime for his many bad choices in life. That punch was completely inappropriate and near-criminally-thrown punch. I would liked to have seen jail time for KW, not absolvement and continued NBA emplyment. An immediate lifetime league ban would be issued today for that act. Kermit got off easy. If he suffers forever for what he did that day, it wouldn't begin to excuse it.

That punch didn't just happen (Kermit threw it) and paid a very small price for it.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:50 pm    Post subject:

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Kind of weird despite the documentary about what he's done since and the great redemption story he has, they just always wanna bring up him punching Rudy T.


His rep is done now. Kermit Mudd.

Sad that he long-conned everyone. Am I shocked? Nope. Former NBA players been droppin like flies in recent years.
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Huey Lewis & The News wrote:
Kermit won the battle but Rudy T won the war


If Kermit were in FMJ, he'd be Animal Mother.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:44 pm    Post subject:

70sdude wrote:
Dr. Laker wrote:
Isn't that Mychal Thompson's best buddy & former radio partner?

I liked Kermit as a player. He suffered as much as Rudy did from the incident. Kermit was developing into JUST the PF that Kareem needed when The Punch happened.


Wow, don't kid yourself or us.

Kermit didn't suffer pain, surgery, therapy or a lifetime of jaw ache that Rudy did, though KW has suffered in his lifetime for his many bad choices in life. That punch was completely inappropriate and near-criminally-thrown punch. I would liked to have seen jail time for KW, not absolvement and continued NBA emplyment. An immediate lifetime league ban would be issued today for that act. Kermit got off easy. If he suffers forever for what he did that day, it wouldn't begin to excuse it.

That punch didn't just happen (Kermit threw it) and paid a very small price for it.


Perfectly stated. I'm of an age that remembers that incident. I've heard the whole "both players suffered the outcome if it" nonsense and it is just that.
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DaMuleRules wrote:
70sdude wrote:
Dr. Laker wrote:
Isn't that Mychal Thompson's best buddy & former radio partner?

I liked Kermit as a player. He suffered as much as Rudy did from the incident. Kermit was developing into JUST the PF that Kareem needed when The Punch happened.


Wow, don't kid yourself or us.

Kermit didn't suffer pain, surgery, therapy or a lifetime of jaw ache that Rudy did, though KW has suffered in his lifetime for his many bad choices in life. That punch was completely inappropriate and near-criminally-thrown punch. I would liked to have seen jail time for KW, not absolvement and continued NBA emplyment. An immediate lifetime league ban would be issued today for that act. Kermit got off easy. If he suffers forever for what he did that day, it wouldn't begin to excuse it.

That punch didn't just happen (Kermit threw it) and paid a very small price for it.


Perfectly stated. I'm of an age that remembers that incident. I've heard the whole "both players suffered the outcome if it" nonsense and it is just that.


I think Kermit even utilized whatever sympathy he gained into a long con. NBA TV ran a special about his resurrection in 2013ish. I saw it, very maudlin. Not saying he didn't suffer some of the financial woes that other NBA players of his gen have gone thru including Robert Parish (who had a notorious punch himself, but punching Laimbeer is something to be celebrated), but to my knowledge Chief hasn't done any time since retirement. Anyway, Kermit was discussing his charity and/or philanthropic work. They showed him walking in the old Forum, before the renovations, iirc. He stood in the general spot where the punch took place. I hate to think that he used the good will he was able to garner in order to appear more legitimate. That screams "slow roll". He might've been altruistic to an extent when it started out, but the money got to him. That would be the best case scenario here. Worst would be that he did everything he could to build up a charity that he could rob from the get-go. That would be Sopranoish.
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