Ex-WNBA Star Chamique Holdsclaw Allegedly Assaults Ex-Girlfriend - Tarnished Twenty
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Ex-WNBA Star Chamique Holdsclaw Allegedly Assaults Ex-Girlfriend

Former WNBA star and Olympic gold medalist Chamique Holdsclaw was arrested after being accused of assaulting her ex-girlfriend, Jennifer Lacy.

Holdsclaw, one of the greatest female basketball players of all time, allegedly shot a gun into Lacy's car and used a baseball bat to break her car windows, reports Fox News.

Lacy currently plays for the WNBA's Tulsa Shock. She and Holdsclaw both played for the Atlanta Dream in 2009.

Atlanta police say Chamique Holdsclaw, 35, followed Lacy to her car earlier this week and committed the assault, reports Fox News. Lacy, 29, later identified Holdsclaw as an ex-girlfriend.

Holdsclaw faces charges of aggravated assault, second-degree criminal damage, and reckless conduct. She was taken to jail and held on $10,000 bail.

Oftentimes, when criminal suspects are charged with a crime, they are sent to jail and ordered to pay bail or a bond for their release. This amount is typically paid to ensure that the suspect will return and face trial despite being released from jail. Judges set the amount high enough so that it is an incentive for the suspect not to flee.

In setting the bail amount, judges may consider things like the seriousness of the crime, how wealthy the suspect is, and the danger to the community if the suspect is released. A suspect may put up the full bail amount as set by the court, or post a bond.

A bond is a written guarantee that the full bail amount will be paid in the event that the suspect fails to appear as promised. A bond can be secured through a bail bond agency, which typically charges a fee of about 10 percent of the full bail amount.

Chamique Holdsclaw's alleged assault of Jennifer Lacy follows disclosures that Holdsclaw suffered from clinical depression and had previously attempted suicide during her playing career, according to her autobiography. Holdsclaw was a member of the U.S. Olympic women's basketball team, which took home the gold in 2000.

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