Former Rocket Vernon Maxwell jailed

April 10, 2009 4:01:13 AM PDT
Former NBA player and University of Florida standout Vernon Maxwell has been jailed in north Florida. [SPORTS BLOG: Get the latest news from the Eyewitness Sports team]

Alachua County authorities jailed Maxwell on Wednesday for violation of probation charges related to failing to pay child support, according to online jail records. A message left with a sheriff's office spokesman was not immediately returned.

During his 13-year NBA career, Maxwell helped the Houston Rockets win NBA titles in 1994 and 1995. Maxwell, a three-time all-Southeastern Conference selection, played at Florida from 1985-88.

Maxwell's attorney, Robert Rush, said child support payments were set when Maxwell was still a professional athlete and he can no longer meet the financial demands.

Rush called the matter a "sad and a recurring problem."

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