Former Bearcats basketball star Anthony Buford spend three years in jail for fraud and is now trying to rebuild his life.
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Anthony Buford was in jail when his mom died, and he could not get out for the funeral.

That was the worst of the worst of it for the previous College of Cincinnati basketball star who continues to be making an attempt to rebuild his shattered life since being launched from jail.

Cincinnati sports activities followers know some however not almost all of what occurred to Buford, now forty eight years previous. Buford etched himself into native lore as a senior capturing guard for the 1991-ninety two Bearcats, the second-main scorer (15.three factors per recreation) on what stays UC’s final NCAA Ultimate 4 staff.

Feisty, headstrong and supremely assured he would make it to the Nationwide Basketball Affiliation, Buford hung out with the Boston Celtics and in addition briefly performed professional basketball in Europe. He then settled into the work world and did fairly properly. He had a broadcasting profession on the aspect, together with work as an analyst on UC basketball video games for Fox 19 tv.

Life was nice, till it wasn’t. Under no circumstances.

In February 2012, Buford and former girlfriend, Jolie Neal every have been sentenced to forty one months in federal jail for mortgage fraud conspiracy. The pair additionally was ordered to pay $2,779,609 in restitution to lending establishments they defrauded. Buford and Neal every pleaded responsible to at least one rely of conspiracy to commit mail, wire and financial institution fraud.

Buford and Neal each wound up serving 36 months, together with six months in a midway home. That half, the aftermath, is understood solely to Buford’s household and closest buddies. Google “Anthony Buford” and also you get the sentencing, the whys, the wherefores. Nothing a lot since. Buford’s sentence was accomplished in 2015..

Buford is now dwelling in West Chester with new spouse Shelly Kendricks-Buford, They have been married in July.

He’s prepared to speak about what occurred. 

“It in all probability crossed my thoughts at the very least a dozen occasions about killing myself,” Buford stated about his life inside jail, “as a result of I used to be having a tough time dwelling with what I had achieved. I had a whole lot of guilt.”

Together with his spouse sitting beside him of their residence, Buford spoke of his robust upbringing in Flint,…