Ben McLemore, ex-NBA lottery pick and veteran of five teams, accused of first-degree rape


Ben McLemore, ex-NBA lottery pick and veteran of five teams, accused of first-degree rape

Ben McLemore, the No. 7 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, has been arrested in Oregon and faces multiple sex crime charges. According to ESPN’s Baxter Holmes, the charges stem from allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman in 2021 while he was a member of the Portland Trail Blazers. The arrest was made at Portland International Airport based on outstanding warrants for one charge of first-degree rape, one charge of first-degree unlawful sexual penetration and two charges of second-degree sexual abuse, according to the police in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

The alleged sexual assault took place in Lake Oswego on October 3, 2021. At that point, McLemore was a member of the Blazers as they were preparing for the 2021-22 season. McLemore remained with the Blazers for the entirety of the 2021-22 season before moving overseas to play in China for the Shangdong Hi-Speed Kirin, Greece for AEK Athens, and finally Spain for Rio Breogan. Police say McLemore’s departure from Oregon caused delays, but they continued to gather evidence while he was away. In February, a grand jury heard evidence in the case, including testimony from the alleged victim, leading to McLemore’s indictment and arrest.

Jail logs showed that McLemore had been released as of Wednesday evening after posting bail of $50,000 of a $500,000 bond. His next court hearing is scheduled for July 1 at 10 a.m. PT. McLemore played nine seasons in the NBA after being selected No. 7 overall in 2013 by the Kings. He went on to play for the Grizzlies, Rockets, Lakers, and finally the Blazers. McLemore’s lawyers did not immediately respond to ESPN’s requests for comments. For more NBA coverage, listeners are encouraged to tune into the Beyond the Arc podcast where John Gonzalez, Bill Reiter, Ashley Nicole Moss, and special guests discuss the league’s biggest storylines daily.

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