According to reports from the New York Daily News, former New York Knicks guard Gerald Wilkins has been arrested twice in the past two weeks in Georgia and sent to hospital for a mental health assessment.
Wilkins, who played for the Knicks from 1985 to 1992, reportedly shut himself up in his girlfriend’s room for more than two hours on June 6 before disabling the fire alarm and repeatedly pouring “accelerators and other fluids through the cracks on the door, “including rubbing alcohol, bleach, soap, Epsom salt, water and urine, according to the report.
The police, according to the Daily News, then broke down the door and transported him to the hospital for an evaluation after a crisis therapist signed an order for an involuntary commitment.
The 56-year-old was also arrested on May 31 after allegedly forcing her way to a woman’s house and pushing her, apparently because she wouldn’t allow him to use his phone.
Wilkins was arrested again on Tuesday after allegedly threatening a man with a 12-inch screwdriver. Presumably Wilkins entered the victim’s shop and “started screaming and acting aggressively for no reason.” So he would have hit another man in the shop with an object before he left. Wilkins was accused of mere drums, aggravated assault and theft, according to the report.
Wilkins played in the league for 13 seasons from 1985 to 1999, particularly with the Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers. During his second season with New York he averaged a career high of 19.1 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. After two seasons with the Cavaliers, Wilkins also spent time with the Vancouver Grizzlies and Orlando Magic before retiring.
He is the brother of the NBA Hall of Famer and longtime Atlanta Hawks star Dominique Wilkins. His son, Damien Wilkins, also played in the league from 2004 to 18-18.