By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — Former Michigan State University basketball and current professional player Keith Appling is facing firearm felony charges after visiting a Dearborn strip club.
A press release from Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy stated Appling is charged with carrying a concealed weapon, a five-year felony; possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle, a two-year misdemeanor; and possession of marijuana, a one-year misdemeanor.
Appling, 24, of Detroit was arranged before 19th District Court Judge William Hultgren May 4 where he was given a $5,000 personal bond.
Dearborn police responded to The Pantheion Club, 12900 Michigan Ave., about 6:47 p.m. May 1 on a report of a man pulling a firearm from the trunk of his vehicle in the parking lot. Once on the scene, a club security guard told officers he witnessed Appling remove the weapon from the trunk.
Police talked with Appling, who was sitting in the driver’s seat of the vehicle. As they searched the vehicle, officers found a handgun under the driver’s seat and a loaded weapon in the trunk.
A small amount of suspected marijuana was also found inside the vehicle. Appling was arrested at the scene.
“We are grateful that a citizen took the initiative to contact the police immediately which allowed us to quickly respond and investigate the matter,” Police Chief Ronald Haddad said. “Due to the concerned citizen’s willingness to get involved we were able to remove guns and illegal drugs from the streets of Dearborn.”
Appling’s played point guard at MSU from 2010 to 2014 before going undrafted in the 2014 NBA draft. He played for the Eire (Pa.) BayHawks in the NBA Developmental League during the 2014-15 season before signing a 10-day-contract with the Orlando Magic of the NBA in January. He also signed a second 10-day-contract with the team which expired in February, when he was then sent back to the BayHawks.
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