Former NBA, WSU Player Craig Ehlo Released From Jail Following Thursday Arrest

SPOKANE, Wash. - Dressed in an all yellow jumpsuit sitting alone in a room at the Spokane County Jail, Craig Ehlo awaited his first court appearance on Friday. Soon he was joined by security, his defense and a prosecutor from the state as a judge determined he can be released on his own recognizance. Ehlo faces a domestic violence and reckless burning charge, a possible felony.

The judge ordered that Ehlo can have no contact with any of his immediate family members. Several friends of Craig Ehlo were in courtroom looking on as the judge made his rulings.

 In court documents obtained Friday we learned that the incident took place around 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning. It started as a domestic dispute with his wife, Jani. Then he proceeded to walk outside and started his clothes on fire with gasoline. When deputies arrived his two boys were holding him down out of fear that he (Craig Ehlo) was going to hurt himself.

The judge set an arraignment for August 14th where Ehlo will make a plea of guilty or not guilty.

Ehlo played 14 seasons in the NBA for four teams. He was a star player at Washington State University from 1981-1983. Most recently he resigned as an Assistant Basketball coach at Eastern Washington University in early July.

Ehlo also spent time in the broadcast booth helping to call games for the Seattle Supersonics and the Gonzaga Bulldogs.

TWEET FROM KHQ'S ALEX ROZIER: Ehlo released on his own recognizance.

TWEET FROM KHQ'S ALEX ROZIER:  Arraignment set for August 14th for Craig Ehlo.

TWEET FROM KHQ'S ALEX ROZIER: Judge orders no contact with any of Ehlo's immediate family members.

TWEET FROM KHQ'S ALEX ROZIER: Judge Triplet will be presiding. Normally several people are in the inmate room. Ehlo is alone.

TWEET FROM KHQ'S ALEX ROZIER: Another look at Craig Ehlo in the yellow jumpsuit. He's facing reckless burning, DV charges

TWEET FROM KHQ'S ALEX ROZIER: Former NBA, WSU player Craig Ehlo awaiting his first appearance in court

UPDATE: As expected, former NBA, WSU player, Craig Ehlo, will be making his 1st appearance on his reckless burning/DV charges today at 1:30pm. KHQ will be in the courtroom, stay tuned for details.


SPOKANE, Wash. - Former WSU, NBA player Craig Ehlo was arrested early Thursday morning just south of the Spokane city limits.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office and the Spokane County Courts confirmed Ehlo was arrested on a charge of 1st degree reckless burning/ domestic violence. More details are expected later this week.

The 51-year-old recently coached at Eastern Washington University and resigned July 11.


Ehlo played at Washington State University 1981-1983 and was drafted into the NBA by the Houston Rockets. He played for 14 seasons with the Rockets, the Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks and Seattle SuperSonics


He also worked as a television analyst for the Sonics and Gonzaga.

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