Former Michigan State guard Keith Appling had a solid and productive career in East Lansing, allowing him to reach the NBA in a limited capacity with Orlando in 2016. Unfortunately for the Michigan native, things have soured as of late.
As reported last month, Appling accepted a plea deal that included a one year jail sentence without chance of an early release. That plea deal also includes five years of probation. While Appling had accepted the plea deal earlier in the summer, he wasn’t formally sentenced until this past week.
Appling’s legal woes stemmed from a troubling run last summer that saw the former Spartan starter face charges over three separate offenses over a several month span. While his charges for third-degree fleeing a police officer and felony firearm were ultimately dismissed as part of his plea deal, Appling pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon and resisting and obstructing a police officer.
It was reported that Appling drove off during a traffic stop and tried to discard a bag with a handgun from the car after driving away from the police officer.
“I’m extremely disappointed in myself and I know I let a lot of people down,” Appling told the judge during his sentencing. “I know I’ve made some mistakes, but I definitely learned from them, and I’m just ready to get my life back on track.”
Accord to Appling’s attorney, W. Otis Culpepper, the former Spartan and Magic guard is still drawing interest from teams in Europe. Culpepper also believes that the incidents involving Appling are something he can overcome.
“I think he will rebound from it. I think he will go on to be a success,” said Culpepper.