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Ex-MSU guard Appling arrested again on gun charges

Associated Press

Detroit — Authorities say former Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling has been arrested again on suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon.

Detroit police Sgt. Michael Woody said Appling was arrested early Saturday after officers stopped a fast-driving Dodge Charger. Woody says officers saw Appling, a passenger, place a weapon under a seat.

The arrest comes days before Appling faces a hearing on weapons and drug charges from a May arrest outside The Pantheon strip club in Dearborn. The hearing scheduled for Friday determines whether he goes to trial.

In the May incident, club security officers allegedly observed a man pulling a gun out of the trunk of a car in the parking lot. Police arrived and allegedly saw Appling in the driver’s seat of the car security had described.

After a search, police say they found a handgun under the driver’s seat, a small amount of what they believe to be marijuana, and a loaded weapon in the trunk.

Appling, who cooperated with police, was placed under arrest at the scene.

Appling’s attorney, Cyril Hall, says Appling hasn’t been formally charged in his latest arrest.

Appling played for the Spartans from 2010-2014. He had two 10-day contracts with the Orlando Magic this season and played for the Magic’s Erie, Pennsylvania, affiliate in the NBA Development League.

This story has been corrected to reflect that Appling was arrested on suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon but hasn’t been formally charged in that case.