Isiah Rider, the Minnesota Timberwolves’ leading scorer, spent part of New Year’s Eve performing janitorial and secretarial chores at a detoxification center to fulfill a court sentence.
Rider was sentenced Sept. 7 to perform 35 hours of community service for fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct. Before the weekend, he had worked off only 7 hours of his obligation and would face jail time if he doesn’t fulfill the sentence by the end of the first week of January.
Rider, who is supposed to leave Wednesday for a three-game road trip, has said he will meet the deadline.
“I know if it’s not done it could be an embarrassing situation,” Rider said. “I had enough time to do it before now, but basketball takes so much out of you.”
Rider was charged in connection with a March 12 incident at the Mall of America at Bloomington. Authorities said he failed to show up at a sports card show, and later created a disturbance and kicked a woman in the back.