Former NBA star accused of kidnapping baby son

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MESA -- A former NBA star is facing allegations this morning that he kidnapped his newborn, but Isaiah Rider Jr. says it's all a big misunderstanding.

Rider, who played in the NBA from 1993 until 2001, has a history of run-ins with police.

Mesa police say he had another after his fiancé reported him and their newborn son missing at about 2:00 Tuesday afternoon. She said Rider left with the 1-month-old baby, but did not take any diapers, formula or the child's medicine.

Detectives were concerned because in addition to several previous incidents involving police, including one just four days ago involving alleged assault, Rider also has a history of drug use. The history goes back to his time at the NBA.

Shortly 1 a.m. Wednesday, police found Rider and his baby son in a cab in the area of Power Road and Main Street. Police said the baby was not hurt and appeared to be in good health.

It's not clear what happened between the time Rider's fiancé reported him missing and the time police found him and the baby.

The baby was reunited with his mother and Rider was taken in for questioning. He was later released.

When 3TV caught up with Rider to get his side of the story, he did not have any comments. He walked away from 3TV's camera and eventually left in a cab.

Investigators said they will be submitting the case to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office for review. Rider could face charges of custodial interference.

During his NBA career, Rider, once crowned the slam dunk champion, played for Minnesota, Atlanta, the L.A. Lakers and Denver.