14-year NBA veteran Craig Ehlo was released from jail Friday following a domestic violence dispute that occurred early Thursday at his home (Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images)

Craig Ehlo Released From Jail Following Domestic Violence Arrest

Former NBA player Craig Ehlo was released from jail Friday following a domestic violence dispute that occurred early Thursday at his home.

Ehlo was ordered to stay away from family members and his rural Spokane County home, reports the AP. He was also “ordered to stay away from fire-starting materials and remain in Washington state.”

Superior Court Judge James Triplet set Ehlo’s arraignment for Aug. 14 on a charge of first-degree reckless burning, a Class C felony, the Spokesman-Review reported.

His lawyer’s name wasn’t immediately available Friday night.

The 51-year-old Ehlo was arrested early Thursday at his home. Court documents say sheriff’s deputies found him being held down by family members near a pile of his burning clothes. The gasoline-fueled fire reportedly damaged an awning and siding at the home. The documents did not provide additional details.

Ehlo was treated for undisclosed injuries before being booked into jail.

Deputy Craig Chamberlin said earlier that deputies learned Ehlo had argued with his wife Wednesday night. Chamberlin said family members reported that Ehlo subsequently piled up clothes next to the garage and set them afire.

The charge he faces carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine, the newspaper said.

Ehlo was drafted 48th overall by the Houston Rockets in 1983. He played for 14 seasons with the Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers (’86-’93), Atlanta Hawks (’93-’96) and Seattle SuperSonics (’96-’97).

Ehlo is perhaps best remembered for being the victim of one of Michael Jordan’s greatest performances. On May 7, 1989, Ehlo, then a Cavalier, was defending Jordan when he made “The Shot”, the series-clinching jumper in the first round of the NBA Playoffs to help 6th seeded Chicago upset 3rd seeded Cleveland on the road in Ohio.

Ehlo spent the second half of his career with the Hawks as Steve Smith’s backup.

After retirement, Ehlo worked as an analyst on Gonzaga men’s basketball games. He later became an assistant coach for Eastern Washington University, but resigned last month.

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