October 8, 2020 

Former WNBA star Cappie Pondexter arrested by LAPD, released Thursday

Confusion had mounted over Pondexter's whereabouts

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Following reports that claimed former WNBA star Cappie Pondexter had gone missing, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that she was released from custody Thursday after being arrested for battery on Tuesday, as first reported by The Chicago Sun-Times’ Madeline Kenney.

It’s been a confusing 24 hours in which several media reports reported Pondexter was missing. The confusion seems to have started because she refused to disclose her identity when booked for arrest on Tuesday, according to LAPD officials. Pondexter was released on Thursday, but her family and friends were worried about her mental state and looking for her, per her rep, Chuck Walton.

Later Thursday evening, the good news that Pondexter had been found was reported by Lyndsey D’Arcangelo of The Athletic.


Pondexter, 37, was selected second overall in the 2006 WNBA Draft by the Phoenix Mercury and went on to spend 13 seasons in the league. In her second year in Phoenix, she helped the Mercury win a WNBA championship, earning Finals MVP honors. Over the course of her highly successful career, Pondexter played for five different teams, including the Chicago Sky, New York Liberty, Los Angeles Sparks, and Indiana Fever.

When she retired in April 2019, she left the game with two WNBA championships, one Finals MVP award, and seven All-Star honors. The former guard also ranks fourth in WNBA history for most career points with 6,811, according to Basketball-Reference.

Written by Bela Kirpalani

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