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August 22, 2019

Ex-NBA player Sebastian Telfair goes berserk as he’s hit with 3½ years behind bars for gun possession

August 13, 2019

Retired professional basketball player Sebastian Telfair, at State Supreme Court in Brooklyn where he gave an impassioned statement as he was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for gun possession i Brooklyn, on Monday, August 12, 2019. (Jesse Ward/for New York Daily News)

Ex-NBA star and former Brooklyn high school phenom Sebastian Telfair was slapped Monday with 3½ years behind bars for gun possession, dodging the 15-year max — but proclaimed his innocence in wild, disjointed rants throughout the hearing.

The agitated baller, convicted of criminal possession of a weapon in April after cops recovered a gun from his car during a traffic stop arrest in July 2017, lamented an array of family and career woes in the sporadic outbursts before Judge John Hecht in Brooklyn Supreme Court.

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Retired professional basketball player Sebastian Telfair, at State Supreme Court in Brooklyn where he gave an impassioned statement as he was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for gun possession i Brooklyn, on Monday, August 12, 2019.
Retired professional basketball player Sebastian Telfair, at State Supreme Court in Brooklyn where he gave an impassioned statement as he was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for gun possession i Brooklyn, on Monday, August 12, 2019. (Jesse Ward/for New York Daily News)

“God still sits on the throne,” Telfair, 33, a Brooklyn native who now lives in Orlando, Fla., repeatedly intoned, delivering a bizarre statement that included claims of his community service, the unfairness of his trial, and lying by the police.

“My kids gonna think I hurt somebody,” he told the court, with one of his lawyers, Barry Krimsky, explaining Telfair fears his kids will think he’s done something to hurt somebody if he winds up in prison.

“They’re going to give you everything you need to destroy yourself,” Telfair raved at another point, quoting slain rapper Tupac Shakur.

He also begged the court: “Please don’t take me from the society right now. I’m 34. I can go play in China for another six years, take care of my family.”

When he brought up his 14-year-old daughter, he asserted she’d gotten “sick because I wasn’t around her, literally got sick, mental illness because I wasn’t around.”

Retired professional basketball player Sebastian Telfair, at State Supreme Court in Brooklyn where he gave an impassioned statement as he was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for gun possession i Brooklyn, on Monday, August 12, 2019.
Retired professional basketball player Sebastian Telfair, at State Supreme Court in Brooklyn where he gave an impassioned statement as he was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for gun possession i Brooklyn, on Monday, August 12, 2019. (Jesse Ward/for New York Daily News)

The judge patiently allowed the ranting and raving, but said he was bound by law.

“I’m not going to say very much, I’ve observed you throughout the trial,” Hecht said. “I don’t think the people disagree… the judgement in this case sir, is what the jury convicted you of … You’ve achieved greatness in your life and this case doesn’t take that away.”

Assistant District Attorney Alfred De Ingeniis called the sentence one that would have “the desired effect of deterring others” — but it only made Telfair laugh out loud.

“If a kid looks me up right now it’s all of this bulls**t,” he blared.

“I’ve been convicted on perjury, that’s what the headline’s gotta be,” he said as he was walked out of the courtroom.

But then he turned back to his crying mother, and told her: “I love you ma, I’m so sorry.”

Retired professional basketball player Sebastian Telfair, at State Supreme Court in Brooklyn where he gave an impassioned statement as he was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for gun possession i Brooklyn, on Monday, August 12, 2019.
Retired professional basketball player Sebastian Telfair, at State Supreme Court in Brooklyn where he gave an impassioned statement as he was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for gun possession i Brooklyn, on Monday, August 12, 2019. (Jesse Ward/for New York Daily News)

Retired professional basketball player Sebastian Telfair, at State Supreme Court in Brooklyn where he gave an impassioned statement as he was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for gun possession i Brooklyn, on Monday, August 12, 2019.
Retired professional basketball player Sebastian Telfair, at State Supreme Court in Brooklyn where he gave an impassioned statement as he was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for gun possession i Brooklyn, on Monday, August 12, 2019. (Jesse Ward/for New York Daily News)

Telfair was drafted by the Blazers in the first round of the 2004 NBA draft, the same year he appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated as a point guard at Lincoln HS. He logged stops with eight NBA teams, along with a short stint in China, according to Sports Illustrated.

“This defendant exercised his right to a jury trial and was found guilty of possessing an illegal firearm,” Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez said. “The mandatory prison sentence he received today is required by law and he has now been held accountable for the unlawful conduct.”

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