Former WNBA Star Cappie Pondexter Found After Disappearance, Battery Arrest in California

Former WNBA star Cappie Pondexter, who last played for the Indiana Fever in 2018, was found in California after a search and missing person’s report.

Podexter, 37, went missing on Thursday after she left police custody following a battery charge. The ex-WNBA star who won two titles with the Phoenix Mercury, had reportedly been missing since Monday, although that was later proven incorrect.

Here is the latest on one of the most confusing and surprising sports stories from 2020.

Cappie Pondexter was missing, then found in California

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The WNBA world stopped on Thursday, October 8, upon the news that Cappie Pondexter was missing.

Lyndsey D’Arcangelo, a WNBA writer for The Athletic, tweeted there was an active investigation into her disappearance. D’Arcangelo tweeted Pondexter’s phone and wallet were found in the former player’s home.

Police reportedly had leads on her disappearance. 

TMZ and D’Arcangelo reported the Los Angeles Police Department took Pondexter into custody on Tuesday and booked her on a misdemeanor battery charge. Pondexter refused to identify herself so cops placed her in the system as “Jane Doe.”

A spokesperson for the LAPD told the Chicago Sun-Times that Pondexter was “actually not missing any longer.” The department confirmed Pondexter’s arrest on a battery charge.

Chuck Walton, a representative of Pondexter, told TMZ that she went missing after she was released from police custody on Thursday. D’Arcangelo confirmed that report.

A source close to Pondexter told D’Arcangelo they filed a missing person’s report on Wednesday, October 7. Pondexter’s family was not initially aware of her disappearance, but they know at this time.

Walton told D’Arcangelo on Thursday night that Pondexter had been found.

“Cappie wants fans to know she is grateful for their prayers/support,” D’Arcangelo tweeted. “Please send more as she continues healing.”

Cappie Pondexter had an excellent playing career

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Cappie Pondexter, the second overall pick in the 2006 WNBA draft, played 13 seasons with five teams.

One of the sport’s top players, she averaged 16.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and one steal per game in 316 career outings.

Pondexter won the 2007 and 2009 WNBA Finals with the Phoenix Mercury. The seven-time All-Star won WNBA Finals MVP in 2007.

In 2011, just six seasons into her career, WNBA fans voted Pondexter as one of the Top 15 players in league history.

A standout point guard at Rutgers, Pondexter won Big East Rookie of the Year in 2003. She also won four Turkish National League championships.

2020 has been a year to forget in basketball

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Basketball fans wouldn’t be blamed if they wanted the 2020 calendar year to be over by now.

The year began in a sorrowful way when David Stern, the league’s longtime commissioner, died on January 1. Stern, who handed the title over to Adam Silver in 2014, battled health issues in his final years.

A few weeks later, the world stopped when Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, died in a helicopter crash in late-January. The two, along with seven others, died on January 26 in Calabasas, Calif.

Cappie Pondexter had a strong relationship with Gianna Bryant, Kobe’s 13-year-old daughter and a youth basketball player.

Other important NBA names, including former Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan and longtime Trail Blazers forward Cliff Robinson, passed away this year. 

John Thompson, the legendary Georgetown men’s basketball coach, died in August. Thompson won two championships with the Boston Celtics in the 1960s.