Ex-Spartans star Keith Appling faces drug, weapon charges
DEARBORN, Mich. — Former Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling was charged Wednesday with carrying a concealed weapon and other crimes after being found in possession of guns and marijuana in suburban Detroit, according to authorities.
The Wayne County prosecutor's office says the 24-year-old was arrested Sunday evening outside a Dearborn strip club. Club security called police after seeing a man pull a gun from the trunk of a car.
Prosecutors say Appling was in the driver's seat, under which officers found a handgun. There was also a loaded weapon in the trunk and a small amount of suspected marijuana.
Appling's next hearing is set for Friday.
Appling's lawyer, Cyril Hall, says the search of Appling's car wasn't legal.
"I understand the police were looking for a different car," Hall said, adding his client is "saddened" by the charges. "I don't know why they searched his vehicle."
Dearborn police Lt. Ronald Beggs said a responding officer thought the weapon in the trunk was an AK-47, according to police reports. He added that Appling was cooperative at the scene and while in custody.
Appling played for the Spartans from 2010-2014. He had two 10-day contracts with Orlando this season in the NBA, averaging 1.2 points in five games, and played for the Magic's Erie, Pennsylvania, affiliate in the NBA Development League.