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Retired Knicks guard Gerald Wilkins is arrested on battery and trespassing charges

Former NBA guard Gerald Wilkins, the younger brother of Hall of Famer Dominique, has been arrested for battery for the second time in two months.

Details are still emerging in the case against Wilkins, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder 13 years ago. Cobb County (Georgia) police did not immediately respond to the Daily Mail’s request for further information. 

The 56-year-old Wilkins was taken into Cobb County Sheriff’s Department custody Tuesday on two charges of simple battery and another charge of criminal trespassing. Arrest records obtained by the Daily Mail also show that Wilkins was charged with simple battery in Atlanta on July 11 and subsequently served 25 days in jail.

In fact, Wilkins has been in trouble with the law throughout much of 2020.

According to TMZ, which first reported Wilkins’s most recent arrest, he was also charged on June 11 for attacking a work colleague and for a separate domestic incident on June 6. 

Although his employer wasn’t specified, Wilkins allegedly threw an object at a colleague and chased one person with a screwdriver, leading to his June 11 arrest, according to Atlanta’s CBS affiliate. 

In the domestic incident on June 6, police claimed Wilkins had barricaded himself into a room, where he had poured accelerant and disabled a fire alarm. In that case, he was charged with criminal trespassing and hindering law enforcement.  

He was also reportedly arrested in May for trying to push his way into a woman’s apartment.    

In 2013, Wilkins was banned from a recreational center in Forsyth County, Georgia following a dispute with staff, according to the local Sheriff’s Department. 

A LexisNexis search revealed that Wilkins was previously arrested for driving with a suspended license.

Wilkins’s son Damien, who also played in the NBA, told Washington’s CBS affiliate in January that his father was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2007. 

The 47th overall pick in the 1985 NBA Draft, Wilkins began his career with the New York Knicks before moving on to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1992. After a brief stint with the Vancouver Grizzlies, Wilkins moved on to the Orlando Magic from 1996 until 1999, briefly playing alongside his brother in his final season.

Wilkins had his best season playing for Knicks coach Hubie Brown in 1986-87, averaging 19.1 points per game on a team that struggled without the injured Bernard King. 

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