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Robert Whaley
Born April 16, 1982 (1982-04-16) (age 27)
Benton Harbor, Michigan
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 260 lb (118 kg)
College Walsh University
Draft 2nd round, 51st overall, 2005
Utah Jazz
Pro career 2005–present
Former teams Utah Jazz (2005-2006)

Robert Whaley (born April 16, 1982 in Benton Harbor, Michigan) is an American professional basketball player at the center position, formerly in the NBA.

Whaley graduated from high school in 2001 with great athletic honors. He was a leading contender for Mr. Basketball of Michigan, but Benton Harbor came up just short of winning the championship. He enrolled at University of Cincinnati where off-the-court issues necessitated his transfer.

He was selected by the Utah Jazz with 51st pick in the 2005 NBA Draft out of Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio. After sporadic playing time during the 2005-06 season, he suffered a season-ending cartilage-tear to his right knee.[1]

On early Sunday morning, December 11, 2005, Whaley and Jazz teammate Deron Williams were involved in a brawl with Denver Nuggets fans at a bar in the resort town of Park City, Utah. The fight began inside a bar when some Nuggets fans who recognised the two players and approached them and said they did not like the Jazz.[2] The fight, which involved eight to 10 people, then spilled outside.[2] Both provided false names to police officers investigating the incident, with Whaley giving his as "Bobby Williams".[2] It was the same night that Whaley cut his hand on broken glass, a fact which he acknowledged, but denied it was from the fight.[2] He later told Utah Jazz officials he cut it while confiscating a sharp kitchen knife away from his 2-year-old son.[3] He later confessed he had made the story up,[2] and subsequently as a result faced disciplinary action by the team for lying.[3]

On June 8, 2006, Whaley and Jazz teammate Kris Humphries were traded to the Toronto Raptors for Rafael Araújo.[4][5] He was waived by the Raptors on June 21.[6]

On September 8, 2008, Whaley was convicted of maintaining a drug house, a charge stemming from a July first incident. According to's Department of Corrections web site, Robert is currently considered an absconder from his probation in Berrien County, Michigan.[1]

In March of 2010 Whaley was arrested for marijuana possession. The police reported he was carrying the product in his buttocks. [2]


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