Threatt jailed for six months

Former NBA guard Sedale Threatt was sentenced to six months in prison Wednesday for failing to pay child support.

He was ordered to begin serving his sentence in January.

Threatt had previously reached a plea agreement that called for prosecutors to recommend five months of probation, but U.S. District Judge Mark L. Wolf ignored the agreement and sentenced him to prison time.

"Evidently, he had researched the legislative history on this and felt very strongly that he needed to do jail time," said Samantha Martin, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Wolf also ordered Threatt to comply with five other outstanding child-support orders for children in other jurisdictions.

He was ordered to begin serving his sentence Jan. 16.

In March, Threatt was charged in federal court with owing more than $46,000 to a son who lives in Boston.

A month later, Threatt paid nearly $172,000 in child support for six of his children as part of a pretrial release agreement.

He pleaded guilty Sept. 14 to wilfully failing to pay child support.

Threatt, of Scottsdale, Ariz., played in the NBA from 1983-97 for Philadelphia, Chicago, Seattle, Houston and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Court records also show that he earned almost $10 million from the NBA from 1990 to 1997.