Chapman to get 'usual' security

March 24, 1993|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,Staff Writer

The director of NBA security said yesterday the league is "taking all necessary precautions" to protect Washington Bullets guard Rex Chapman, who recently received threats of physical harm from former NFL defensive back Lewis Billups.

"We're not doing anything different," said Horace Balmer. "We're just taking the usual steps we take in safeguarding our players."

Bullets general manager John Nash said the team would allow the NBA security force to provide all suitable protection for Chapman.

Billups, 28, is being held in Scott County jail in Georgetown, Ky., for violating federal codes by calling Chapman's sister, Jeanny, and threatening Chapman.

The FBI taped two interstate calls from Billups in Orlando, Fla., to Jeanny Chapman, a former girlfriend, in Lexington, Ky., March 18. Billups reportedly warned he would fix it that Chapman, a former University of Kentucky star, "would never walk again."

Tomorrow, in Lexington, Billups faces a preliminary hearing at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District office of Kentucky. He will have an opportunity to enter a plea and request bail.

Chapman, 25, sat out Monday night's Bullets game against the New Jersey Nets with the flu and is listed as questionable against the Dallas Mavericks tonight.

"Rex and other members of his family take these threats very seriously, so naturally they are very concerned," said Chapman's attorney, Bill Rambicure, in Lexington. Chapman was not available for comment.

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.