REPORT: Former NBA Player, Commentator Tom Chambers Charged With Assault | Def Pen
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Tom Chambers enjoyed the best years of his career with the Phoenix Suns. (Phoenix Suns Archives)

One of the better scoring forwards during the 1980’s, Tom Chambers enjoyed a solid playing career in which he played for six different teams.

Chambers was a member of the then San Diego Clippers, Seattle SuperSonics, Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, Charlotte Hornets and Philadelphia 76ers. Chambers was also a commentator for the Phoenix Suns but now, the four-time All-Star finds himself in some serious legal trouble. According to TMZ, Chambers has been charged with assault stemming from an April incident in an Arizona bar. Following from AZ Central’s Bree Burkit:

Scottsdale police spokesman Sgt. Ben Hoster said 59-year-old Chambers was dining at Isabella’s Kitchen in Scottsdale on April 15 when another patron began insulting him.

Witnesses told police 22-year-old Alexander Bergelt — berated Chambers with a number of insulting statements, including “You’re tall and scrawny,” and “You’re not sh*t,” TMZ reported.

Chambers reportedly told police he reacted after Bergelt said,”Your mom should have killed you when you came out of the womb as ugly as you are, your arms are skinny, your chest is this. Your belly is big.”

Per TMZ, Chambers said he didn’t punch the man, but was just trying to get him to “show respect.” Bergelt’s claimed Chambers grabbed him by the throat and threw him backwards.

Bergelt allegedly had a mark on his neck and a bruise on his lip, TMZ said. He told police he didn’t want to press charges but just wanted an apology.

This isn’t the first run-in Tom Chambers has had with the law since he retired back in 1998, as he was also caught driving under the influence five years ago in 2013.

Chambers was a talented power forward during his playing days, boasting an ahead of his time outside stroke at 6-foot-10. Chambers averaged 18.1 points and 6.1 rebounds over the span of his 16-year career.

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