UK Men's Basketball

Rex Chapman completes portion of community service

Former Kentucky basketball star Rex Chapman had a status hearing in Maricopa County (Ariz.) Superior Court on Friday.

Chapman reported that he had completed 144 of the 750 hours of community service he is required to perform as part of his sentence after pleading guilty to four felony counts of theft.

There was no update on the $15,128.30 Chapman has agreed to pay back to an Apple Store, according to Jerry Cobb, a spokesman for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.

The court ordered Chapman to reappear Jan. 22 to again update his progress on completing the community service.

Police in Scottsdale, Ariz., arrested Chapman in September 2014 on suspicion of organized retail theft and trafficking in stolen property. Chapman was alleged to have used the Apple Store’s self-checkout and then left without paying.

Chapman, who turned 48 in October, subsequently entered a 28-day substance-abuse treatment program at The Brook Hospital in Louisville. He later spoke of a longtime addiction to pain medication he linked to injuries sustained during a 12-year NBA career.

Jerry Tipton: 859-231-3227, @JerryTipton