Former DePaul basketball star Bernard Randolph, whose d
CHICAGO (AP) _ Former DePaul basketball star Bernard Randolph, whose dream of playing in the NBA never materialized, was charged with trespassing at O’Hare International Airport, his fourth arrest this year, police said.
The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Randolph was carrying a duffel bag with two basketballs and a high school trophy inside when he was arrested Monday night after an engineer complained to police about a man trespassing in the airport’s heating and cooling plant.
Chicago police Officer Tim Bolger said he found Randolph, 26, of Chicago, sitting in a grassy area near the terminals.
He ″had just been wandering and was sitting on a hill watching planes take off and land,″ Bolger said. ″It just seemed to me like he was lost.
″I recognized him because I’m a big DePaul fan. It’s a sad story,″ the police officer said.
Randolph was charged Feb. 3 with stealing a taxicab in Rockford where he had gone to try out for the Rockford Lightning of the Continental Basketball Association.
He was jailed on theft charges April 7 in Rockford after a gas station security guard claimed Randolph had taken a customer’s trench coat.
A week later, a judge ordered him moved to a state mental health center after sheriff’s deputies accused him of making trouble in the Winnebago County Jail.