The Celtics have taken the first step to sever ties with guard Sebastian Telfair after one season with the team, according to team managing partner Wyc Grousbeck, who sent an e-mail to Globe reporters Peter May and Shira Springer with the news.
“I wanted to let you know that we have removed Sebastian’s nameplate from his locker in Waltham. The facts and circumstances of his case have not been determined but he does not have a Celtics locker and we do not anticipate that he will,” Grousbeck wrote in the e-mail.
Telfair was arrested early Friday after police found a loaded handgun in his car when he was stopped for speeding on the Bronx River Parkway, according to Westchester County (N.Y.) police spokesman Kieran O’Leary. The incident occurred shortly before 4 a.m. in Yonkers, when police clocked Telfair driving northbound at 77 miles per hour in a 45-mph zone in his 2006 Land Rover.
After being pulled over, Telfair produced a suspended Florida driver’s license and gave police addresses in White Plains, N.Y., and his hometown of Brooklyn. Upon searching the vehicle, officer Adrian Camacho found a loaded .45-caliber Colt semiautomatic handgun under the front passenger seat.
Telfair and passenger Al Eden Fuentes were charged with felony second-degree possession of a weapon. Under New York state law, when drugs or weapons are found in a car, everybody in the vehicle is charged with the related offense, unless a single person admits it belongs to him or her.
This is the third time in little more than a year that Telfair has made headlines for the wrong reasons. In February 2006, Telfair was fined an undisclosed amount by the Portland Trail Blazers after a loaded gun registered to his future wife was found on the team’s charter at Hanscom Field in Bedford. Last October, police questioned Telfair about the shooting of rapper Fabolous.