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Ex-NBA star jailed for eight years on weapons charge

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Ex-NBA star Keon Clarke has been sentenced to an eight-year jail term for a gun charge, according to YahooSports.

The former power forward, who played for a host of clubs including the Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets, Toronto Rapids, Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz, admitted his remorse at the crimes he had committed, and said that he looked forward to a better life than the one he has had until now.

Yesterday Clarke was sentenced to eight years in jail after agreeing a plea deal with prosecutors on charges including carrying weapons and driving under the influence- he was given four years for each after pleading guilty.

But rather than bemoan his bad-luck or blame external problems for his issues the 6ft 11in basketballer appeared genuinely remorseful ahead of his sentencing.

The 38-year-old said: "'I, uh, did a lot of stuff in my past. I have to own up to it.''

''The money, the fame, the fact that I was on TV. People think money will make your life better. Money didn't dissolve my problems. It increased them."

''It could've been a lot worse. It's going to be a lot better.''

Prosecutors said that Clarke would have to spend a minimum of 50% of the sentence behind bars.

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