WEST HOLLYWOOD—NBA player Jeff Adrien, 29, has pled not guilty in court on Wednesday, December 30 to one felony count of taking a luxury sports car from a hotel valet. He was charged with driving or taking a vehicle without consent, according to a press release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The incident occurred on December 7, when a guest left his Mercedes with a hotel valet and when he returned he was notified the vehicle had already been taken. The victim allegedly spotted Adrien in his vehicle and pulling into the hotel parking lot.
Valets at the hotel tried to speak with Adrien who walked away, prosecutors noted. The victim’s vehicle also suffered damage during the 6-hour joy-ride TMZ reported. If convicted, Adrien could face up to 3 years behind bars. He is expected back in court on January 28, 2016 to set a date for his preliminary hearing.
Adrien played captain for the University of Connecticut Huskies where he received a full-scholarship to the school. He was drafted by the NBA in 2009 and has played for the Memphis Grizzlies, Orlando Magic, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Charlotte Bobcats, Milwaukee Bucks and Minnesota Timberwolves. He also played three preseason games with the New Orleans Pelicans in October 2015.
He last played for the Guangong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. The case is still under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood Division.