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Out of Bounds Inside the NBA's Culture of Rape, Violence, and Crime

ISBN-10: 0060726040

ISBN-13: 9780060726041

Edition: N/A

Authors: Jeff Benedict

List price: $14.99
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The paperback edition of the controversial, in-depth look at criminals in the NBA, from Jeff Benedict, author of Pros and Cons and an expert on athletes and crime. Out of Bounds is a searing indictment of professional basketball players who live in a world where criminal laws and social norms don't exist, a world where they are given license to act above the law. On the court, they dazzle us with their spectacular physical feats. They generate millions of dollars of revenue for the NBA and their teams. But underneath all the glitz is a seamy underbelly, a rash of lawlessness that is gripping the NBA. Based on a first-of-its-kind investigation into the criminal histories of 177 NBA players from the 2001-2002 season, Out of Bounds shows that an alarming four out of every ten NBA players have a police record involving a serious crime. They are All-Stars and they are journeymen, involved in crimes ranging from armed robbery to domestic violence to gun possession to rape. Out of Bounds takes a hard look at shocking cases, with graphic accounts of physical and sexual violence and other outrageous conduct by players. In all, more than 250 people are named, including many prominent NBA players. It exposes the environment and culture that encourages such criminal behavior. It also explains the unique challenges these cases pose for law-enforcement agencies and prosecutors. Author Jeff Benedict, an expert on athletes and crime, draws his conclusions from exhaustive research. In addition to his criminal-background checks, the author retrieved documents from law-enforcement agencies, courts, and private attorneys. He conducted more than 400 interviews with police officers, prosecutors, defense lawyers, players, agents, victims, witnesses, and coaches. What emerges is a disturbing and appalling picture of men who live above the law. A seminal and important work, Out of Bounds will forever change how we look at the NBA and its stars' lives of excess and privilege. o Benedict will expose every NBA players' criminal history and the tolerance and complacency with which these cases are handled or disposed of by the NBA in the justice system. Benedict will devote specific chapters to the most sensational cases, some of which will be revealed for the first time. o "In what is bound to be one of the more controversial sports books of this year, Benedict applies his superb investigative reporting skills...Benedict also has no fear naming some big detail what he calls 'the rash of lawlessness that is currently gripping the NBA.' .An excellent book that proves its point that life in the NBA is 'out of control and absolutely demands close scrutiny.'" - Publishers Weekly
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Book details

List price: $14.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 6/14/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Bruce Coville was born in Syracuse, New York, on May 16, 1950. He spent one year at Duke University in North Carolina. Coville started working seriously at becoming a writer when he was seventeen. He was not able to start selling stories right away, so he had many other jobs, including toymaker, gravedigger, cookware salesman, and assembly line worker. Eventually, Coville became an elementary teacher, and worked with second and fourth graders. Coville married Katherine Dietz an artist, and they began trying to create books together. It wasn't until 1977 that they finally sold their first book, The Foolish Giant. They joined together on two other books after that, Sarah's Unicorn and The Monster's Ring, and followed them with Goblins in the Castle, Aliens Ate My Homework, and The World's Worst Fairy Godmother.

Introduction: Every Woman's Fear
Prologue: Under Arrest
Sexual Liberties
Gross Felony
The Problem Solvers
Hush Money
Something Bad Happened
No Strings Attached
Above the Law
Do You Know Who I Am?
Put Your Hands Up
Staying Power
Criminals on Scholarship
Bad Heroes
Indulge Me
Sleeping with the Enemy
Pound of Flesh
See No Evil