As a college basketball player, Michigan guard Rumeal Robinson was famous for calmly hitting two free throws with 0.03 seconds left to give a departing Bill Frieder and Michigan the 1989 NCAA title. Robinson was just a sophomore.
As a pro basketball player, Robinson was famous for something else. He’s the guy who regularly spent $20,000 a night, seven nights a week, in various strip clubs. A magazine piece once labeled Robinson a “strip club addict.” Even the New York Times featured Robinson’s tale of woe.
Robinson ended up homeless despite stealing his adoptive mother’s $600,000 home and hawking his $10,000 machine gun.
Now, Robinson faces serious prison time. He is on trial in Iowa facing eight counts of wire and bank fraud. He also allegedly tried to bribe a bank official.
CHRIS FARLEY IN HIS GREATEST ROLE-AS RUMEAL ROBINSON
You may remember the late actor/comedian Chris Farley trying to re-enact Robinson’s free throws in an oh-so-tight #21 Michigan jersey in what was arguably the greatest ESPN promo in history.