This time, Kermit Washington couldn't throw the first punch.
The ex-NBA player perhaps best known for an infamous brawl in the late 1970s has now been hit with a slew of charges by the Justice Department that land him in prison for decades.
Washington, who was arrested Tuesday in Los Angeles, is accused of using Project Contact Africa, the charity he founded and ran, to defraud donors to fund his vacations, jewelry anc even his rent. Investigators said the fraud totaled "hundreds of thousands of dollars" but they didn't offer specifics.
The charity was supposed to put all of its donations to Africa.
"Washington profited by diverting hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations that (were) supposed to benefit a clinic in Africa for needy families and children, but instead bankrolled his own personal spending," said Tammy Dickinson, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri.