Former NBA, College Basketball Player Once Shot By Robber Charged With Illegal Gambling

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Jagajeet Chiba
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A former Memphis Tigers basketball player was arraigned Tuesday on several gambling charges.

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Antonio Burks was found to have in his possession two poker tables, chips, cards, ledgers, surveillance cameras, and placards reading "Burks Poker Palace Rules" after a search of his home, according to police.

They were also advised by at least one individual that Burks hosts poker parties two nights a week from his home.

Investigators said the Benoit Drive address in Memphis is just one of Burks' gambling properties.

Burks is out of jail on $1,000 bond. He is next scheduled for a court date on August 24th.

Burks also played for the Memphis Grizzlies from 2004 to 2006 and would later serve as an assistant coach for LeMoyne-Owen College in 2010.  He currently runs a lawn service company. 

On July 20, 2009, Burks was shot by a robber in Memphis. Burks underwent several surgeries and recovered in the hospital.  The suspect was apprehended and charged with second-degree murder.  He was sentenced to 97 years in prison.

- Jagajeet Chiba,

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