TMZ Report Allegedly Shows Hornets Guard James Bouknight With A Firearm In His Lap Prior To DWI Arrest

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A photo of Charlotte Hornets guard James Bouknight allegedly shows the player passed out in his vehicle with a firearm in his hand prior to being arrested, according to TMZ. Robert Littal from Black Sports Online recently reported that Bouknight was found by police in a parking deck at exactly 12:44 am, and that he allegedly had a firearm in his possession.

The 22-year-old failed to wake up after several attempts were to garner his attention. Security is said to have pounded on the player’s driver side window multiple times. Local police reportedly were called after security peered through the window & noticed the firearm in his lap. The alleged 40mm handgun was not added to Bouknight’s charges, as the state of North Carolina does not require an open carry permit.

Bouknight was present during Monday’s team practice, according to Hornets head coach Steve Clifford. The Hornets issued a brief statement, saying : “We are aware of the incident involving James Bouknight and are in the process of gathering additional information. We will have no further comment at this time.”

This incident is the first of Bouknight’s career as a professional basketball player, but his criminal history shows a string of car-related legal issues that date back to his collegiate career at UConn. In 2019, the young player allegedly had a warrant out for his arrest after he was accused of striking a street sign near school campus & fleeing. Officials say that Bouknight was charged with evading responsibility, interfering with a police officer, traveling too fast for conditions and operation of a motor vehicle without a license. Bouknight was a freshman at the time.

TMZ has more HERE.