Lady Vol fans react to Holdsclaw arrest

12:08 AM, Nov 16, 2012   |    comments
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The Lady Vols home opener wasn't the only topic on the minds of fans at Thompson-Boling Arena Thursday.

Many said they were shocked to hear the accusations against former star Chamique Holdsclaw, who turned herself in to Atlanta police Thursday on charges including aggravated assault.

Fans said the picture painted by police does not reflect the person who won championships under Pat Summitt.

"Just amazing to see something like this," said Bob Baldwin, a longtime fan. "I knew she had some problems before [with depression], but you wouldn't guess something would progress to this stage."

It remains unclear what led to the alleged assault.

Holdsclaw has spoken on the UT campus about her battle with depression, and she has been back on Rocky Top on several occasions.

She was in East Tennessee earlier in November to serve as Grand Marshal for the annual Homecoming Parade.

Some of the same fans who came out for her then,  said they still support of her.

"Around here, after this all blows over, I think we'll all still love her," said Andy Alpers. "It might hurt her a little bit right now."

They say if these allegations are true, they hope she gets the help she needs.

"People got problems, and I'm sure she'll find out what the situation is, and I'm sure it'll be taken care of," said Baldwin.

10Sports asked Lady Vols Head Coach Holly Warlick about the charges against Holdsclaw following the game tonight.

She said she had not talked to her and didn't know any details.

Holdsclaw had a long and impressive basketball career. At UT, she won three national championships -- in 1996, 1997 and 1998 under head coach Pat Summitt.

Holdsclaw became the first overall pick in the 1999 WNBA draft by the Washington Mystics. She would go on to win "Rookie of the Year."

Holdsclaw played professional basketball for 11 years with several teams before retiring in 2010.

She also won an Olympic gold medal in 2000 as part of Team USA.

Most recently, Holdsclaw released a book called "Breaking Through: Beating the Odds Shot after Shot," which documents her struggles with depression.

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