A former NCAA Division I basketball star and one-time NBA draft prospect was arrested Monday at Charlotte Douglas International Airport for having a loaded gun.
Anthony Breeze, who went undrafted in the 2012 NBA Draft, is charged with misdemeanor possession of a firearm on city property, records show.
Transportation Security Administration officers said they prevented him from bringing a loaded handgun on board a plane at a Charlotte Douglas checkpoint Monday. Breeze reportedly now lives in Florida.
The incident occurred just after 4 p.m. at the Checkpoint B precheck lane. TSA officers stopped a man who had a loaded .380-caliber handgun, officials said.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police identified the suspect as Anthony Breeze, 29. Records show he is a native of South Carolina.
A TSA officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine detected the firearm as it passed along the conveyor belt inside a carry-on bag.
Officers immediately contacted Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, which responded to the checkpoint. Breeze was questioned and arrested on a local charge.
Records show Breeze played basketball for the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in 2007-09, the Appalachian State Mountaineers in 2010-11, and the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats in the 2011-12 season.
A web page for Appalachian State says Breeze was named to the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association and SCISA All-State squads his senior year, averaging 14.8 points a game. Breeze was also selected to represent the state in the Carolinas All-Star Classic against senior all-stars from North Carolina, scoring eight points.
In high school, he helped lead Greenville to the Class AAA state championship his junior year.
Breeze now works with the 7th Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program, according to the Linked-in website.
A 2014 story in the Daytona Beach News Journal reported he was a case coordinator with the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program, and also worked with kids for the city of Daytona Beach at the Yvonne Scarlett-Golden Cultural and Educational Center.
TSA officers have detected 24 firearms at CLT checkpoints so far this year. TSA found 54 firearms at CLT last year.
Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if the weapons are unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition. The firearm also must be taken to the airline check-in counter.
TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm on TSA.gov.
Mark Price: 704-358-5245, @markprice_obs