Richmond back in jail

The legal troubles continue for former Illinois basketball player Jereme Richmond.

The Chicago Tribune reports the 2010 Illinois Mr. Basketball is being held on $250,000 bond after he allegedly threatened his probation officer.

Richmond left Illinois after his freshman season and declared for the NBA draft. He was not selected. After a series of legal issues, the McDonald's All-American from Waukegan had been playing professionally for the Sauk Valley Predators of the Premier Basketball League, but quit that team recently by sending a text message to franchise representatives.

Here's the full report from the Chicago Tribune.

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geriatricillini wrote on April 26, 2013 at 2:04 pm

One day the gun could go off, someone might die and Jereme will sit in his 6x8 cell at Menard or Pontiac for the rest of his life and he may wonder why he made the choices he did in that life. What a shame for any young person with an opportunity like he had here to blow it and end up like this. There are too many of these stories and not just ones involving young athletes. He has no one to blame but himself. Alot of folks bent over backwards for him and he pretty much shoved it back in their faces. Narcissism can be a deadly thing. It's all about Jereme and what he wants. No one else matters...not his family or his friends or the law... only Jereme Richmond. Well, he will be in good company behind bars...they are all just like him...a criminal who can't live with the rest of us.

IlliniMike05 wrote on April 26, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Unfortunately, he had a lot of people who thought they were bending over backwards to help him that were really just screwing him up. I don't think there's anything in one's genetic makeup that inherently makes them evil; it's not like your height, sexual orientation, skin color, etc. I don't believe you're born a criminal like you obviously are with those things. He had two parents, didn't grow up poor, all that stuff that dumb white people (like myself) conflate to being from a "good home" in a kinda (unintentionally) racist way.


I don't buy the "people saw him as their meal ticket" narrative that's been thrown out there so often, but this was a kid who clearly had anger issues that were very public dating all the way back to his sophomore year of high school, if not sooner. I have no idea what length anyone went to to work on this with him, but whatever efforts were made clearly failed. A combination of unsolved anger issues and too much fame too soon is a dangerous combination. He just needed one more year of keeping his head out of his ass and he'd have been a 1st-round pick, had an organization invest millions of dollars in him and probably been able to get much-needed help. (See: Ron Artest, Lance Stephenson, Rasheed Wallace, Dennis Rodman, Chris Anderson, etc.) The NBA is pretty good at dealing with crazy people as long as they don't have multiple crazy people on a team. (See: '04-'05 Pacers, Stephen Jackson and Ron Artest)


It's probably at this point too late to salvage his basketball career, but I just hope the kid gets his life together.

Bone East 1999 wrote on April 26, 2013 at 7:04 pm

This dude is an Illini and will be forever, just the way it is.  Jereme has just been told he is a NBA caliber player since the age of 12.  He has had that dream for a while.  Thats not gonna happen and he needs to get over it.  He is not mature enough to be an adult.  He needs to learn that he's not a hardcore rapper or thug and just be a real person and quit pointing guns at people.  He will be on a short leash now and will probably end up serving time.  He deserves it and hopefully will figure out the difference between fantasy and reality.  He needs to man up and get on with life even if it means stop smoking weed for a year.   

crackerman wrote on April 27, 2013 at 6:04 am

It's called the "Warrior Gene"!

jgrout wrote on April 27, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Just another young African-American male without enough positive male role models to help him learn to channel the aggression and rage practically all young men feel.  It's hardly specific to African-Americans... in the days a hundred years back which Betty Smith wrote about in "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn", Irish-Americans had the same issues.  Though Boys Club and various other organizations try to supply what is missing, there is a fundamental weakness in any subculture centered on single female parenthood. 

The POTUS and other Chicago machine African-Americans support churches that replace Biblical fundamentalism with progressive rhetoric (inciendary rhetoric by the pastor of the POTUS' church in Chicago became national news several years ago).  Unfortunately, such rhetoric and the government programs it calls for do nothing to break the psychological damage the destructive cycle of men unable or unwilling to raise a family and single women breeding children causes in their children.  Bill Cosby sees that... if the POTUS sees it, there's no sign of it in the kinds of programs he's calling for.

IlliniMike05 wrote on April 29, 2013 at 9:04 am

I was wondering when someone was going to awkwardly shoehorn their political or religious beliefs into a topic that has nothing to do with it. You did both. Good job!


Jereme Richmond grew up in a good house with two parents who provided for him. Did he have people in his life that screwed him up by leading him to believe he was better than he really was, and as a result above the rules? Sure looks that way. But that's an entirely separate issue.


The clumsy, broad-stroked "another black male without positive male influences" narrative doesn't apply here. He's a kid with serious anger issues that were clearly not properly dealt with, combined with being a phenom from a young age constantly being told how great he was .He didn't think he had to play by the rules and didn't have the emotional werewithal to deal with adversity. Barack Obama's beliefs about Bible fundamentalism (I mean, seriously...did you hurt yourself jamming that into this topic? It had to have taken some serious effort) have nothing to do with anything.

calvin wrote on May 01, 2013 at 10:05 am

love this reply, thank you

illini4fan wrote on May 01, 2013 at 6:05 am

I have three words for you... Never got spanked!!!!!!!! what a waste of tallent!

TheChiefLives wrote on May 01, 2013 at 9:05 am

Don't defend this dude.  He is a worthless loser and a quitter.  He quit college (dumbest move ever) because he thought that his 7.6 ppg and 5 rpg made him the next Derrick Rose.  Stupid.  Then he quit his PBL team (in true quitter fashion via text message) because it wasn't high profile enough for the legendary Jereme Richmond.

He BEATS WOMEN, does drugs, waves guns around, and acts like a thug.  Lock this worthless, entitled, whimpy, psychopathic loser up.  Maybe then his headlines will cease (for a while, anyway).

I associate this dude with Illini hoops about as much as I associate Alex Legion with Illini hoops.  One-year busts do not merit remembering...

George Montgomery's Fouls wrote on May 01, 2013 at 12:05 pm

You are 100% right. This guy is a loser. He's not an Illini forever. He quit. He didn't graduate. Screw him