Former NBA all-star Antoine Walker on Wednesday pleaded not guilty in District Court to felony bad check charges stemming from his failure to repay about $1 million in gambling debts he owed to three Las Vegas casinos.
Both Walker and his attorney, Jonathan Powell, declined comment after the brief arraignment hearing before hearing master Melisa De La Garza.
Walker remained free without bail and hustled out of the courthouse after the hearing. A trial date was scheduled for Nov. 22.
Walker faces three counts of passing bad checks, and if convicted, he could spend up to 12 years in prison, according to state law.
Authorities allege that between July 2008 and January 2009 Walker was given $1 million in markers from Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood and Red Rock Resort and failed to pay them back, according to court records.
Under state law, an unpaid marker is treated as a bad check, which allows the district attorney's office to prosecute.
Walker negotiated with prosecutors and has repaid some of the money but still owes more than $750,000.
He filed last month for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation, scuttling a promise he made last November to a Las Vegas justice of the peace to pay restitution to the casinos, plus court fees and penalties to the district attorney's office.
His bankruptcy filing reported $12.7 million in liabilities and $4.3 million in assets, including his championship ring.
Walker played for four different NBA teams during his 13 seasons in the league and helped the Miami Heat win a championship in 2006. He has not played in the league since 2008.
The Associated Press contributed to this report. Contact reporter Francis McCabe at email@example.com or 702-380-1039.