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Isaiah Rider Allegedly Threatened to Pull Out Gun At Son’s Basketball Tournament

When a fight involving his wife and another parent broke out at a youth basketball tournament, former NBA guard Isaiah Rider reportedly threatened to get his gun out of his car.

According to TMZ, cops were called to Inspire Court gym in Mesa, AZ earlier this month in response to reports of fighting.

When authorities arrived at the scene, Rider’s wife Vanessa made claims that she had been attacked by another woman for “no viable reason.”

Vanessa Rider also said that their 9-year-old son, who was playing in the tournament, had been physically assaulted by an older boy and injured during the altercation.

However, the woman accused of assaulting Vanessa Rider had a completely different story to tell.

The woman said that when her son’s team beat the SkyRiders, which is the same team that Isaiah coaches, Vanessa was “bitter.” Vanessa allegedly called the woman a “bitch” and started to swing at her. The woman admitted to fighting back, but only to protect herself from getting hit.  Apparently, this is where Isaiah got involved.

According to the woman, Isaiah jumped over the bleachers and asked his friends to help break up the fight. While trying to figure out who hit his son during the altercation, he allegedly asked his friends to get his gun from the car.

Vanessa claims that someone else threatened to get their gun first, and Isaiah simply wanted to protect his family. In fact, reports state that Isaiah left the gym, but never returned with a weapon.

Fortunately for both parties, cops couldn’t prove who started the altercation, and no one was arrested.

Isaiah Rider has yet to comment on the situation.

Isaiah Rider

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