Upset His Friend Was Denied Entry to a Bar, Former Seton Hall Basketball Star Herb Pope Returned with a Gun

Herb Pope, once a prized prep basketball prospect who was shot at a high school party and never turned into the star people thought he could be, was arrested on New Year’s Eve for pulling a gun at a bar. The details, from CBS Pittsburgh:

Police say officers were present when Pope was denied entry into the bar after one of his friend’s identification cards was rejected. But Pope came back and confronted the owner when police left.

“It was in his jacket. He pulled it out with his right hand simply to show, ‘Hey, this is how it’s gonna be.’ You know, the cops are gone, nobody’s around; as an intimidation factor,” Officer Brian Brooks, of the Ambridge Police Department, said. “He didn’t make any threatening remarks or anything like that; he just simply showed the weapon.”

The owner called 911, and Pope ran into an alley. But authorities say he ran straight into several officers who happened to be in the alley doing surveillance work in an unrelated case.

He told them he had a gun.

“He took off running, and it just happened to be that he ran in the wrong alleyway,” said Officer Brooks. “He ran directly between four officers. We were on the northern side and two other officers were on the southern end of the alleyway. And he ran right between us.”

Pope, who did average a double-double as a senior at Seton Hall, but wasn’t drafted, might be best remembered for punching an opponent in the nuts. [CBS Pittsburgh]

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