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Posted by Bob Ryan, Globe Staff  July 15, 2009 10:06 AM

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I have never made any secret of the fact that Antoine Walker was among my least favorite players -- ever. He was that rare player whose whole didn't come close to equaling the sum of its parts.

I thought he was brash and immature, but I never thought he was a bad human being, and I certainly didn't wish anything bad on him.

So the news that he is in very big trouble with the law over his wayward gambling habits strikes me as, well, sad. What with all the talk of drugs and that age-old celebrity nemesis alcohol, people often forget that gambling is always lurking about as a source of misery. In recent years Las Vegas has become the No. 1 jock destination to, you know, blow off steam, and people seem to take its inherent danger for granted.

'Toine has been charged with a felony bad check charge. Seems that he is accused of writing bad checks to cover upwards of a million dollars of debt incurred at Caesar's Palace, Planet Hollywood, and Red Rock Station. We learn that casinos routinely extend credit to jocks/celebs, allowing them to sign markers which are treated as checks by the state of Nevada. 'Toine's bounced.

A week or two ago I was reading that 'Toine, who was out of the NBA last year, was hoping to make a comeback. I guess that's on hold now.

It's all sad and pathetic. What else is there to say?

Just this: perhaps other jocks might now reconsider Vegas as a vacation spot.

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