WNBA star Cappie Pondexter found safe after believed missing, had been arrested

The two-time WNBA champion was believed missing for several days until it was learned she was charged on suspicion of battery.

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Cappie Pondexter, the WNBA star who was a force in the league after college stardom at Rutgers University, has been found safe after initially believed to be missing.

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Pondexter, 37, had been arrested on suspicion of battery on Tuesday and was not released until Thursday morning, NBC Sports reports.

TheGrio confirms that Pondexter was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge and was released of her “own accord.” Pondexter, who last played in the WNBA for the Indiana Fever after a stellar career that included two championships, was thought to be missing after her wallet and phone were found at her residence but she wasn’t there.

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Cappie Pondexter attends a game between the Los Angeles Sparks and the Seattle Storm at Staples Center on August 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)

TMZ reports that her rep Chuck Walton says that they are trying to find Pondexter as they are “concerned for her well-being.”

Pondexter, 36, a Chicago native, played 13 seasons in the WNBA, was a 7-time All-Star and was named the WNBA Finals Most Valuable Player in 2007.

In a June interview with Spallone Sports, Pondexter talked about dealing with depression and the adjustment transitioning from being a WNBA player to a ‘civilian.’

“A lot of people don’t realize when I finished playing basketball I suffered from PTSD,” Pondexter said. “I was really depressed because all I’d known was basketball my whole life.” Pondexter, who has an interest in fashion and wholeheartedly supports the WNBA’s social justice initiatives, said that she’d been seeking other career paths since her departure from the league but still struggled.

“It’s not the same when you truly love something. It took me a while to get to a point where I’m like, I do want to be here.” She added, “It’s real life, depression happens.”

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