Former Boston Celtics champion Glen “Big Baby” Davis had his day in court, and he lost.
NBC’s Tom Winter reported on Wednesday, November 15, that Davis and another Celtics alum, Will Bynum, have been found guilty of committing fraud.
“A jury has convicted former NBA players Glen Davis and William Bynum after they were charged with engaging in a criminal scheme to defraud the NBA Players’ Health and Benefit Welfare plan,” Winter wrote via his X account. “U.S. Attorney Damien Williams says the pair’s fraud netted them over $5 million.”
Davis “was convicted on four counts including wire fraud, health care fraud, conspiring to commit fraud, and conspiring to make false statements,” according to Reuters. Bynum was convicted of conspiring to make false statements but acquitted on another fraud charge, the outlet reported.
Other former Celtics were charged in the scheme, NBA.com reported in October 2021, including Tony Allen and Sebastian Telfair. “More than 20 people have been convicted in the case,” according to the Associated Press.
Davis played for the Celtics from 2007 to 2011, helping the team win a title in 2008.
Following the convictions, a statement was issued by the office of U.S. Attorney Damian Williams:
Moments ago, a Manhattan jury convicted former NBA players Ronald Glen Davis and William Bynum of a criminal scheme to defraud the NBA Players’ Health and Benefit Welfare Plan. While many of the more than 20 defendants convicted in this case were well-known NBA stars, their conduct was otherwise a typical fraudulent scheme designed to defraud the NBA’s health care plan and net the defendants over $5 million in illicit profits. Today’s conviction exemplifies that despite notoriety or success in sports or any other field, no one is exempt from criminal charges if they engage in fraud.
Terrence Williams Was Given a 10-Year Prison Sentence in August 2023
“A federal judge sentenced a former first-round NBA draft pick to 10 years in prison Thursday, saying he used his people skills to entice others to aid his $5 million health care fraud after he ‘frittered away’ substantial earnings from his professional career,” The AP reported on August 3.
Judge Valerie E. Caproni told Williams at sentencing, “You should have had enough money to be set for life, but you don’t,” according to The AP.
“Terrence Williams, 36, of Seattle, was also ordered to forfeit more than $650,000 and to pay $2.5 million in restitution for ripping off the NBA’s Health and Welfare Benefit Plan between 2017 and 2021 with the help of a dentist in California and doctors in California and Washington state. Profits were generated by claims for fictitious medical and dental expenses,” according to the outlet.
The Celtics added Williams late in the 2012-13 season. In 24 games, Williams averaged 4.6 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 1.6 assists while shooting 49.5% from the field and 33.3% from three. The Celtics were Williams’ last NBA team.
Glen Davis Voiced His Innocence in 2022
During his 2022 interview with VladTV, Davis said he was innocent of any wrongdoing in the scheme.
“Ain’t no talking. Ain’t no cooperating. This situation is the NBA doing their due diligence, and now you’re just put in a situation where you’re associated. So now I got to go to trial because they think I did something that I know I didn’t do. I know that I’m innocent,” Davis said.
Davis said he received no money and that he planned to take the case to trial.
“I never got any money,” Davis explained. “You’re in a certain group, and now they just want to tag us all in when it’s not that. It’s people taking advantage of a situation, so I’m going to trial because I didn’t do anything.”