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A Lake County judge refused Monday allow former Waukegan basketball star Jereme Richmond travel out state work with two-time NBA

A Lake County judge refused Monday to allow former Waukegan basketball star Jereme Richmond to travel out of state to work with a two-time NBA champion player. | Sun-Times media file

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Updated: November 10, 2011 12:53PM

A Lake County judge refused Monday to allow a former Waukegan basketball star to travel out of state to work with a two-time NBA champion player.

Jereme Richmond appeared before Circuit Judge Daniel Shanes with his attorney Lawrence Wade II to get permission to travel to Los Angeles to train with Craig Hodges, former Chicago Bulls player.

Richmond is facing felony charges of aggravated battery and unlawful use of a weapon for an alleged altercation with a woman officials believed to be his girlfriend. Richmond is out on $1 million bond.

Richmond was invited to participate in training with other professional basketball players in Los Angeles with Hodges, Wade said. The training is not weightlifting, but practicing drills and games with other professional and potential professional athletes, Wade said.

“It’s a unique opportunity, something that the Waukegan YMCA couldn’t offer Mr. Richmond,” Wade said. “Mr. Richmond understands the severity of the allegations. We’re just asking for the opportunity to show he can follow the rules.”

Training with Hodges in California would take place Oct. 1, Wade said. He also asked that Richmond be allowed to travel to Chicago for training with professional athletes Sept. 24.

Shanes said a pretrial memo indicated that Richmond has done “excellent” while out on bond, however the judge also said that “everyone in America knows the NBA is on lockout,” so an agent cannot offer anyone, Richmond included, any jobs.

Wade clarified that Richmond would be training with professional athletes, not practicing with any organization.

“They are not hiring, so Mr. Richmond’s employment opportunity with the NBA seems to be on hold,” Shanes said.

He also said that the court was concerned with its ability to monitor Richmond if he left Lake County jurisdiction.

Wade assured Shanes that Richmond would be present at every court date.

“We’re just trying to give Mr. Richmond an opportunity to pursue his career,” Wade said. “It’s our position this (pending felony case) will be resolved. We don’t want to be in the position where he’s forfeited his (professional basketball career) opportunity.”

Assistant State’s Attorney Victor O’Block objected to the request stating Wade did not have much more information from the request was originally made last week. At that time, Shanes also denied the request, saying he needed more details about when and where Richmond wanted to go.

Richmond is accused of driving to the Waukegan residence of a woman officials said they believed he was dating and then of beating her on Aug. 7. The next day, Richmond allegedly drove back to the house with a loaded handgun making threats, O’Block said.

Richmond has pleaded not guilty to the charges. He is due back in court Oct. 14. His trial is scheduled for Oct. 31.

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