Days After Being Honored At Rockets Game, Steve Francis Arrested For DUI, Wanted For Burglary In Florida!
Unless you live in Houston, the last image you probably have of Steve Francis is a pretty negative one. Maybe the image of him being dragged across a rap concert stage as a thief rips a chain off Francis’ neck? Maybe the image of him getting choked by Stephen Jackson and then security at a club? Maybe the image of him pouring water over himself while singing Beyonce in another club?. But for local Houstonians in attendance for the Rockets and 76ers game last week, we have a very different recent image. An image of a very happy looking Francis signing autographs, taking pics with military and kids and being honored by the Rockets.
I was thinking that night how happy I was to see the Franchise looking healthy with a smile on his face and seeing thousands of Rockets fans giving the former All-Star some love.
Then came the weekend. On Saturday, Francis was arrested for driving while intoxicated and is being charged with felony retaliation after he “threatened to assault” the deputy during the traffic stop. Some news sites are reporting he was released on a $5,500 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday and others are saying he’s still in jail.
If that wasn’t bizarre enough. According to TMZ, he’s now wanted for a burglary from a June 15th incident.
Francis allegedly asked the bartender at the restaurant to give him a flashlight — and then he went to the car and ransacked it … taking the following items:
– makeup pouch, wallet, gold wedding ring, gold diamond band, earrings, press credentials and $100 in cash.
Total amount — $7,252 in goods and cash.
Two days later, cops say Francis went to the police department with a clear plastic bag of goods and said, “I just robbed somebody, take me to jail. I’m turning myself in.”
Despite what appeared to be a confession, Francis left the police station without being charged with a crime.
I have no idea why they let him go then and want him in custody now but that’s the unfortunate current situation Francis is in.
“You think about someone, who has been at that level, and you read some of the things on the internet about him and it….it’s sad. It’s sad because it seems like he’s had a rough few years,” the Manatee County car burglary victim said to ABC Action News.
The victim also said she did get some of her belongings back but the money and jewelry is still missing.