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Ex-NBAer Roy Tarpley Arrested

November 18, 1997

DALLAS (AP) _ Roy Tarpley, whose problems with drugs ended his NBA career, was arrested on charges he burned a woman’s stomach with a clothes iron after an argument.

The 32-year-old former forward of the Dallas Mavericks was being held today on $500 bond for the domestic violence charge. He also faced several outstanding warrants, Dallas County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jim Ewell said.

Tarpley was taken into custody after his girlfriend’s neighbors called police, reporting they heard screaming at her apartment.

When police arrived, the woman said she had been arguing with Tarpley when he went into another room, heated an iron and burned her across the abdomen, according to a police report.

Senior Cpl. M.A. Sarmiento said she showed police a burn mark and refused treatment.

In other cases, warrants have been issued for Tarpley’s arrest for an unpaid $105 speeding ticket.

Tarpley was barred from the NBA for the first time in 1991 for using cocaine. The NBA reinstated him before the start of the 1994-95 season, and he signed a six-year, $26 million contract with the Mavericks.

In October 1995, Tarpley could not complete a team physical because of suspected pancreatitis. He was banned again in December 1995 for using alcohol, violating the terms of his aftercare program.

He forfeited the remaining $22.2 million of his contract with the Mavericks.

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