Tulsa Shock player alleges attack by former girlfriend
"We looked for investors who believed in our vision of Tulsa hosting a championship-quality WNBA team that would serve as a role model for young people throughout our state and region," Cameron says. "We looked for people who believed in Tulsa and who shared our vision of the great entertainment, community role models and community visibility our team could provide. One of our goals is for this to be Tulsa's team." -- Tulsa Shock owner Bill Cameron, Tulsa People, May 2010.
"Our players are everyday role models for thousands of young female athletes...." -- Tulsa Shock President Steve Swetoha, July 27, 2011
A judge in Atlanta on Friday set bond at $100,000 for ex-WNBA star and Olympic gold medalist Chamique Holdsclaw, who was in jail on assault and weapons charges.
She is accused of firing a shot into a car belonging to 29-year-old Jennifer Lacy, who plays for the Tulsa Shock. Police say the 35-year-old Holdsclaw also used a bat to smash the car's windows. Holdsclaw was in custody at the Fulton County Jail.
No one was injured in the assault. Lacy told police that Holdsclaw was an ex-girlfriend and they were Atlanta Dream teammates in 2009. Holdsclaw was ordered to wear a monitoring device and have no contact with Lacy.
I got wind of this via Stacy McCain, who has posted a couple of items about the incident:
- The Other McCain: Women's Basketball Star Revealed as Lesbian, Also Violently Crazy
- The Other McCain: A Victim of Racism, Sexism, Homophobia and Her Violent Lesbian Ex-Girlfriend
McCain found a February 2012 article that cites Holdsclaw as a producer of a new "lesbian-based" reality show called "The Other Women of America: Atlanta."
A search of recent Tweets by Lacy and Holdsclaw turned up a few interesting things:
Jennifer Lacy was so excited about President Obama's reelection that she tweeted a link to a faked photo of Big Bird "flipping the bird" with the uncensored caption, "F[---] ROMNEY / I'M BACK"
On Monday, November 12, 2012, the day before the alleged attack, Lacy posted several tweets that seem foreboding in retrospect:
On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, the same evening as the alleged attack, Holdsclaw posted this tweet:
Everything is a lesson learned. We all make decisions good and bad. As long as we grow from them that's all that matters. #lessonlearned
The Shock moved from Detroit to Tulsa for the 2010 season and has trailed the WNBA in attendance ever since. Average home attendance at the BOK Center in 2012 was 5,203.
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