Rumeal Robinson, Your "Worst Person in Sports Today" Winner

Most NBA stars give back to their families when they make it big. Rumeal Robinson, who was adopted by a foster mother at age 12 and taken into her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, rewarded that woman, Helen Ford, by swindling her out of her house.

From Wicked Local:

⇥⇥⇥⇥Ford, 65, is close to tears when she explains the day when a constable came to her door this past March and handed her an eviction notice — giving her one month to clear her home of her belongings and leave. Back in 2003, Robinson, now 43 years old and living in Florida, allegedly tricked his foster mother into signing over the deed to her own home — on a street named after him — and transferred the property to people unknown to her. They held the home as collateral in a suspected business transaction gone wrong.⇥⇥⇥⇥⇥

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⇥⇥⇥⇥In Ford’s case, stemming back to 2003, she said what she thought she was signing was the mortgage so that Robinson could help her make the payments.⇥⇥⇥⇥⇥

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⇥⇥⇥⇥But it wasn’t.⇥⇥⇥⇥⇥

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⇥⇥⇥⇥She said Robinson told her of a real estate opportunity in Jamaica, where he was born, and asked for her support to build a luxury vacation resort.⇥⇥⇥⇥⇥

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⇥⇥⇥⇥But he didn’t.⇥⇥⇥⇥⇥

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⇥⇥⇥⇥For years, Ford said she didn’t receive any notices from the bank. No knocks on the door. She occasionally spoke to Robinson on the phone, but was never told that the mortgage was not being paid.⇥⇥⇥⇥⇥

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⇥⇥⇥⇥“I just couldn’t believe a son would do this,” Ford said.⇥⇥⇥⇥⇥

That's right: Rumeal Robinson's chicanery and possibly criminal activity have helped get his adoptive mother evicted from her home at 2 Rumeal Robinson Place.

Robinson, best known for hitting two free throws to seal the 1989 NCAA Tournament for Michigan, has a passel of other problems to deal with: Last month, the FBI arrested him and charged him with a slew of crimes in an unrelated matter. For Robinson, this is another black mark on a life that hasn't included professional basketball since a stint in the Euroleague in the 2001-02 season. He was a respected Cambridge resident, who got a parade and mural for making it big; this will erase all of that.

For Ford, it cuts a little deeper: Not only has she lost the home she raised five biological children and more than 15 foster children in, her eviction has displaced the grandchildren who were living with her. Still, she says, "Even with all of this, I still love Rumeal. I just want my home back; this is my city."

Ford is pursuing a civil suit against Robinson. Hopefully, justice will render a verdict allowing her to return to her home and punishing Robinson for what seems like one of the worst assists involving an NBA player ever.

(HT: World of Isaac.)↵

This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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