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Steve Francis arrested after incident at LA International Airport

Former Maryland and NBA player Steve Francis was arrested Thursday night at Los Angeles International Airport, officials said.

Francis, who appeared intoxicated and was created a stir at a ticket counter, reportedly was taken into custody about 10 p.m. by airport police for resisting arrest. He posted $10,000 bail early Friday and was released. Francis, 33, was the second pick in the 1999 NBA Draft; he is from Takoma Park, Md.

By Cindy Boren  | October 8, 2010; 12:50 PM ET
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Loved Francis as a Terp and his early years in the NBA. That said, he has always been a jerk when I've met him in person.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 8, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

"was taken into custody ... by airport police for resisting arrest"

Wait a minute. That's terrifying. The way this is worded, it sounds like the police can walk up to you and say "please put your hands behind your back; we're going to arrest you." "For what?" you say. "For resisting arrest." "But I didn't do anything wrong. I didn't even resist anything." "Ah ha!" they say, "That sounds like you're resisting now." -click- go the handcuffs.

I'm not saying the guy didn't do anything wrong, but I hope they didn't arrest him for resisting arrest.

Posted by: WorldCup | October 8, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

The article does say he created a scene. The police, rightly or wrongly, apparently were going to take him into custody. But that someone is finally formally arrested for can be different. Don't take the article's wording so literally. Besides, he's a celebrity so he'll be out soon.

Posted by: Sutter | October 8, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Not surprised...Stevie Franchise has always been a d-head drunk or sober. Never met a more self centered, 'it's all about me' dude ever. Well Zo was like that too but he mellowed with age and health becoming an issue.

Barely news worthy

Posted by: kahlua87 | October 8, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

The article also says "and was created a stir" ...

Maybe Cindy needs a vacation.

Posted by: HighPlainsDrifter | October 8, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

"Francis, who appeared intoxicated (and was) created a stir at a ticket counter"...

Is that better ?

Posted by: yesyall1 | October 8, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Steve Francis is a grade A a**hole, but I saw him at G.W. Hospital when my grandmother was being wheeled in with a lot of pain, and he gave me some encouraging words, so I hope everything works out for him.

Posted by: jbworldwide | October 8, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

The guy was a Terp more than 11 years ago. When does he become just a person?

Posted by: Jimof1913 | October 8, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse


One has to remember the the police at LAX are also LAPD. They are just a separate division.

Couldn't happen to a more deserving jerk.

Posted by: mortified469 | October 8, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

It's kind of disturbing how airports now have this police-state vibe: step out of line, show the wrong attitude, crack the wrong joke, and you get hauled off in handcuffs, facing serious Federal jail time.

If it wouldn't get you arrested at the grocery store or the football stadium, it shouldn't get you arrested at the airport. This post-9/11 over-reactive CYA focused on all things airport-related basically just political posturing: government officials trying to show they're doing everything possible to "keep us safe," even though they KNOW they're doing nothing of the sort.

Posted by: vfr2dca | October 8, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Steve Francis is such a pro at being an overrated jerk! He is a proud representative of the University of Maryland and the city of Takoma Park. Way to represent Stevie!!

Posted by: HoyasBlow | October 8, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

What exactly does Cindy Boren do for a living? I presume an I.T. person loads the articles and monitors the talkbacks. Does she get paid for doing nothing? How do I apply?

Posted by: nativedc | October 8, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Not Stevie Franchise pride of Takoma Park!! Everybody goes through something in life-- may the Lord help you young man to make a difference in others' lives with the gifts God gave you.

Posted by: washreg | October 9, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

How drunk do you have to be to be too drunk to sit in a seat? Anyway, here is an interesting read on Stevie Franchises arrest.
http://www.lowpostnews.com/rockets/the-man-strikes-again/

Posted by: nay99 | October 9, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Wait a minute. That's terrifying. The way this is worded, it sounds like the police can walk up to you and say "please put your hands behind your back; we're going to arrest you." "For what?" you say. "For resisting arrest."
Posted by: WorldCup

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"Francis, who appeared intoxicated and was created a stir at a ticket counter, reportedly was taken into custody about 10 p.m. by airport police for resisting arrest."

Police have a zero tolerance for drunks in airports. Airlines have a zero tolerance for drunks getting on airplanes.

If you are too stupid to realize you should NOT be in an airport drunk, you deserve to be arrested for either public intoxication or resisting arrest. I have no sympathy for anyone drunk in an airport these days.

Stevie Francis, it's time to grow up, dude.

Posted by: dskiff | October 9, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Per an airport staff member..Francis was drunk & disorderly. The airline personnel called the airport police.
Airlines do not have to allow an individual on a plane if they are drunk or if there is the smell of alcohol. Its hard enough to manage a drunk individual on the ground..its much worse in the air..

Imagine a drunk millionaire who's pissed cuz he wishes he was still playin in the NBA - Probably a nice guy who is frightened that if he ever sobers up...he has to face reality...he did this to himself...

Posted by: McleanVa09 | October 11, 2010 12:44 AM | Report abuse

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