UPDATE: Former #5 overall pick and slam dunk champion, Isaiah Rider was arrested a few days ago for parole violation. TMZ spoke with Isaiah Rider’s wife Vanessa Rider who told them that the parole officer is abusing her power and not giving JR a fair chance. Given all of JR Rider’s prior troubles with the law, forgive us if we have a hard time believing that. The story goes that Rider left the state, with permission from the parole courts to pursue a basketball coaching gig – and was busted for it by his parole officer. According to Vanessa, who has been incredibly outspoken on her Twitter account against the “she-devil, man-hating” parole officer, the parole officer wants JR to work at McDonald’s. According to Vanessa, “He’s not going to work at McDonald’s … he’s a retired athlete”. Though my guess is that he’d rather work at McDonald’s than be in prison, which is where he currently is.
Isaiah Rider and his wife Vanessa Rider have two children and live in the Phoenix area. They originally dated during his (very) brief stint with the Lakers and recently reunited as JR made attempts to clean up his life. They were married a short time later. Rider was actually arrested in January 2008 for domestic violence as he forced a former girlfriend into a car and drove off with her, eventually crashing that car into a deputy’s police car when confronted. No word on whether that former girlfriend was actually Vanessa Rider.