Former NBA Player J.R. Rider Arrested
Isaiah Rider (also known as J.R. Rider) was arrested on suspicion of assaulting his fiancé and bilking a cab driver out of $150 in Mesa, Ariz, The Arizona Republic reports.
Isaiah, who last played in the NBA for the Denver Nuggets in 2001, was involved in three separate police incidents in five days and was taken into custody yesterday after an officer spotted him driving erratically in a black Escalade with three small children in the back.
The saga began last Sunday.
Neighbors called police to report the couple were arguing and saw the fiancé walk away from Rider after refusing to give him money, police reports state. When she got into her vehicle, Rider opened her door, pulled her out and threw her to the ground before running away with her purse, police said. According to police reports, the fiancé said she believed Rider was high on marijuana and “wasn’t thinking clearly,” so when he pulled her purse away from her, she fell to the ground. The woman said she then ran after him, while yelling for help. Witnesses said the man then stopped, gave back the purse, and continued to run away.