Former Wizard Ryan Rollins Accused Of Repeated Shoplifting

Former Wizards guard Ryan Rollins, who is now a free agent after being waived by the team on Monday, has been accused of repeatedly shoplifting from a Target store in Virginia, reports Josh Robbins of The Athletic.

As Robbins details, police alleged in documents on file at Alexandria General District Court that Rollins stole small household items on seven different occasions between September and November.

The items stolen in each case – including groceries, body wash, and candles – were valued at less than $1,000, and the second-year guard has been charged with seven counts of petit larceny, Robbins adds. That’s considered a Class 1 misdemeanor in Virginia.

Rollins, who was sent from Golden State to Washington in last summer’s Chris Paul/Jordan Poole trade, appeared in only 12 games for the Warriors as a rookie and wasn’t playing much for the Wizards either. The 2022 second-rounder averaged 4.1 points, 1.1 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 6.6 minutes per game across 10 appearances for Washington, while also playing in nine games for the Capital City Go-Go.

Still, Rollins was viewed as a solid defender and was only 21 years old, with a guaranteed minimum salary ($1,719,864) this season and a $600K partial guarantee on his 2024/25 salary. The timing of his release raised some eyebrows, especially given the fact that the 6-31 Wizards can afford to be patient with their young players.

While it’s logical to assume the allegations against Rollins factored into his release, Robbins doesn’t explicitly say as much, and team president Michael Winger declined to confirm that.

“We just recently learned of the charges against Ryan. We cannot comment on that matter, or the basis for our roster decisions,” Winger said, before adding: “We do take our role very seriously as citizens of the DMV, representatives of our fans and a team our community can be proud of. These are expectations, not aspirations. We’re eager to move forward with our team as constituted and pursue excellence on and off the court.”

According to Robbins, a February court hearing has been scheduled for Rollins, who has yet to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. Although he’s free to sign with any NBA team besides Golden State, the former Toledo standout may not get his next opportunity until his legal situation is resolved.

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