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Former NBA Player And Actor Rashid Byrd Sentenced To 90 Years To Life In Prison

Former NBA player and actor Rashid Bird was sentenced Friday to 90 years to life, Deadline reported.

Byrd was convicted of a series of sexual assaults and received a lengthy prison sentence. according to Until the deadline. The Los Angeles Police Department began the investigation after receiving a complaint from a victim alleging sexual assault by Byrd. An investigation revealed that Byrd had a history of sexual violence, including a 2010 conviction for a similar crime and a 2005 arrest in Washington state for assaulting a young woman. became.

Byrd, an imposing 7 feet 1 inch tall, initially charmed his victims with his charm.

Detective Inspector Dara Brown, the lead investigator, said: “What started out as a glamorous figure flaunting his status as an athlete and pseudo-celebrity quickly turned into rape and violence.'' (Related: Former Olympic athlete accused of sexual abuse)

Byrd, 39, was arrested in September 2020 and was serving sentences for crimes he committed in Los Angeles and Santa Clara counties.

“The Los Angeles Police Department is grateful to the brave women who came forward to share their stories,” Detective Brown said, according to Deadline. “This investigation has been years in the making, and we are grateful that Byrd is no longer on the streets.”

According to Deadline, Bird's brief tenure in basketball included playing in 22 games with the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League during the 2008-2009 season. His foray into acting led him to co-star with Will Ferrell in the 2008 basketball comedy Semi-Pro and also appeared in the short documentary Bring Your 'A' Game.

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