Former Washington Wizards Guard Accused of Repeatedly Shoplifting from Target: Court Documents

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Ryan Rollins, a former guard for the Washington Wizards, is facing accusations of repeated shoplifting from a Target store, according to court documents obtained by The Athletic. Rollins was waived by the team on Monday night.

The court documents state that Rollins allegedly stole small household items, such as groceries, body wash, and candles, on seven different occasions between September and November while he was on the Wizards’ roster. He has been charged with seven counts of petit larceny, which in Virginia is classified as a Class 1 misdemeanor when the value of the stolen items is below $1,000.

A court hearing has been scheduled for early February and Rollins has not yet entered a plea in response to the charges. His attorney and agent declined to comment on the matter.

The Wizards’ decision to release Rollins after just 10 regular-season games came as a surprise to many, particularly considering his potential on the defensive end. The team currently ranks last in the NBA in points allowed per possession and may also make moves involving veteran players before the upcoming trade deadline.

In response to the allegations against Rollins, Monumental Basketball president Michael Winger stated, “We just recently learned of the charges against Ryan. We cannot comment on that matter, or the basis for our roster decisions.” Winger emphasized the organization’s commitment to being responsible citizens and representatives of their fans, and expressed eagerness to move forward with the team.

Following Rollins’ release, the Wizards signed guard Hamidou Diallo to a 10-day contract. Rollins’ guaranteed salary for the 2023-24 season amounted to $1.7 million, with $600,000 of his 2024-25 salary also fully guaranteed. Now that Rollins has cleared waivers, these salaries will count against the Wizards’ cap figures in the respective seasons.

Rollins initially joined the Golden State Warriors through a draft-night trade after being selected 44th overall by the Atlanta Hawks in 2022. He played in 12 regular-season games as a rookie for the Warriors.

In conclusion, Ryan Rollins, the former Washington Wizards guard, faces accusations of shoplifting from a Target store on multiple occasions. The Wizards waived Rollins on Monday, and he is now scheduled to appear in court in February to address the charges. The team’s decision to release him has raised questions, but they have refrained from commenting on the situation. Meanwhile, the Wizards have signed Hamidou Diallo as a replacement. Rollins’ guaranteed salaries will still impact the team’s cap figures in the upcoming seasons.