chris gatling

Chris Gatling in his NBA playing days

*Man o man. These ex-athletes must have it hard.

Former NBA player Chris Gatling is facing criminal charges after being accused of squatting in a luxury home in Paradise, Ariz. for the past year!

Yes, and it gets worse.

According to CBS 5, the man broke into the home and lived there from July 2010 to August 2011 and even tried to rent out the space on Craigslist for $800 a month.


The four-bedroom home actually has an owner. The family lives in California and left the house locked with he utilities on.

Court records reveal that Gatling reportedly received a down payment from one prospective renter but when another also inquired about the property, he or she became suspicious about the entire set up and alerted police.

But his lawyer, Michael Alarid says the whole situation is a “misunderstanding.”

”We’re hopeful that we can resolve everything as soon as possible,” he told CBS 5.

Chris, who played for the Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks, has a bit of criminal background.

He’s also been accused of forging personal checks from his ex-girlfriend and “funneling the money through College Bound All-Stars, a traveling youth basketball league that he managed and operated.”