Report: FBI recruits Blazers' Wallace
Federal agents made an appearance at Portland Trail Blazers practice earlier this week but not to conduct an investigation or issue any warrants, Portland’s KPTV reported.
Federal Bureau of Investigation agents showed up to the team’s shootaround Monday in an apparent recruiting visit for Blazers forward Gerald Wallace.
Wallace, who came to Portland in February after the Blazers struck a deal with the Bobcats, has expressed interest in donning an FBI badge following his playing days, according to KPTV.
The 28-year-old NBA veteran, who made his first All-Star appearance in 2010, still has a lot left in the basketball tank, so a switch to government work would most likely be a ways off.
The pay cut alone might be enough to stave off an immediate career change for Wallace, who made $10.5 million during the 2010-11 season. The salary for a new special agent ranges between $61,100 and $69,900, according to the FBI’s website.
The agents reportedly handed the 6-foot-7 forward a packet containing information about joining the Bureau and provided the Blazers’ star with an official FBI hat, sweatshirt and honorary badge.