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Charges never filed against former UK, NBA player Rex Chapman in Arizona shoplifting case

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Former University of Kentucky basketball star Rex Chapman, who is reportedly returning to broadcasting this weekend, hasn't been charged in connection with allegedly shoplifting from an Apple store in Arizona last year and later re-selling the items at a pawn shop.

Police in Scottsdale, Arizona arrested the 47-year-old Chapman last September on suspicion of nine counts of organized retail theft and five counts of trafficking in stolen property totaling $14,000.

Multiple media outlets reported Tuesday that Chapman will be broadcasting at this weekend's men's Final Four in Indianapolis.

Jerry Cobb, a spokesman for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, told WDRB News that after reviewing the case, prosecutors did not file charges and have sent the case back to police for further investigation.

Cobb said no decision has been made
on whether to charge Chapman. Prosecutors have up to seven years in which to issue charges in a felony case, he said.

"We still need additional information before we make that decision," Cobb said. He declined to discuss specifics of the case.

Chapman played 13 years in the NBA and spent the 1996-2000 seasons with the Phoenix Suns. He was later director of basketball operations for the Suns.

Chapman is scheduled to join Dave Baker and Michael Eaves on Turner Sports' local broadcast of Saturday's Kentucky-Wisconsin game in the NCAA men's basketball Final Four. The game's national broadcast from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis will be on TBS.

Chapman is free to travel because he currently faces no charges, Cobb said.

Flynn Carey, Chapman's attorney, declined to comment on the case.

Scottsdale authorities have said Chapman made it appear he was using the Apple store's self-checkout but left without paying, according to an Associated Press story. He allegedly stole from the store seven times and sold the items for cash.

Kevin Watts, spokesman for the Scottsdale Police Department, said it is not unusual for prosecutors to send a case back to police for additional investigation.

In September, Chapman began a 28-day substance-abuse treatment program at The Brook Hospital in Louisville.

Chapman was named Kentucky's Mr. Basketball in 1986. He played two seasons for coach Eddie Sutton at UK, averaging 17.6 points and scoring 1,073 points. He is the school's 50th all-time leading scorer.

According to, Chapman earned more than $22 million as an NBA player.

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