ATLANTA -- Former Atlanta Hawks star John Drew Monday was sentenced to six months in jail and ordered to undergo drug therapy after pleading guilty to selling drugs to an undercover agent.
Drew, who already has served three months of the sentence while awaiting trial, said he was satisfied with the sentence.
'I'm not a drug dealer. I don't sell drugs,' Drew said. 'Now I've got the opportunity to help myself and others.'
Drew, 32, who became the first person to be banned for life from the NBA last year when he checked into a drug therapy center for treatment for the third time, was arrested in October.
He faced two counts of sng cocaine and one of possession with intent to distribute. Prosecutors said he sold 2.4 grams of cocaine to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent on Sept. 24 and had two $100 bags of the drug in his possession a week later.
Drew could have been sentenced to 60 years in jail for the sale of the drug. Under his plea bargain, he must undergo eight months of therapy and be on probation five years.
'He has got to be made an example of in his position, with his public image, because he sets an example,' Fulton County Superior Court Judge Joel Fryer said.
Defense attorney Bob Fierer said the judge should be more lenient, because Drew 'grew up in poverty, playing basketball on the dirt courts of Alabama, who was used by the system.
'He had the opportunity of advancing himself in the NBA, but he also had a parade of parasites outside the locker room doors after the games, giving him drugs,' Fierer said.
Fierer said Drew has been counseling fellow prisoners against using drugs. Drew said he wants to continue counseling, and may try to get back into basketball.
Drew played for the Hawks from 1974 until 1982. He was then traded to Utah, where he played two seasons before being released in 1984. Last year, he played for the Wyoming Wildcatters of the Continental Basketball Association.