Cops arrest NBA player’s sister for allegedly threatening trial witness

Cops arrested Octavia Telfair, the sister of NBA player Sebastian Telfair, on May 20 for allegedly threatening a witness who testified against the former Portland Trailblazer last month.
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Cops arrested the sister of Coney Island basketball standout Sebastian Telfair, a nine-year NBA veteran, on May 20 for allegedly threatening a witness who testified at her brother’s Criminal Court trial last month.

The onetime Portland Trailblazer was convicted on April 24 of weapons possession charges, after cops found him with several firearms during a routine traffic stop in Brooklyn in June 2017.

The former first-round pick faces up to 15 years when he is sentenced on June 18.

Federal prosecutors arrested 32-year-old Octavia Telfair — she turns 33 on May 21 — in Coney Island on Monday, accusing her of threatening a witness who had testified against her brother during his trial.

Authorities also claim that Octavia threatened to kill the witness’s family.

After the former NBA player’s conviction, the witness, who has known both Telfairs for over 15 years, began receiving dozens of phone calls from an unknown phone number. The unnamed witness recorded two of the calls, during which prosecutors say Octavia warned the victim that she would have to live “with a rearranged face.”

The second audio recording allegedly captures the ballplayer’s sister using multiple expletives and threatening the lives of the witness’s children.

Prosecutors also claim that the witness’s son received a phone call, allegedly from Octavia, asking him about his whereabouts. Unaware of his mother’s situation, the minor offered his location, prosecutors said.

After appearing in Brooklyn Federal Court on May 20, Octavia is currently released on $100,000 bail with an electronic ankle monitor to keep authorities aware of her whereabouts.

Reach reporter Aidan Graham at or by calling (718) 260–4577. Follow him at
Updated 12:14 pm, May 21, 2019
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