The name Craig Ehlo is still well-known in Cleveland, if for nothing more than allowing former Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan to score “THE SHOT” against the Cleveland Cavaliers, knocking the Cavaliers out of the first round of the 1989 NBA Playoffs, when they expected to go deep into the Post Season. That started a precedent for both teams, as the Bulls won a boat-load of Larry O’Brien Trophies, while Cleveland never made it past the Eastern Conference Finals. Despite being posterized by Jordan, Ehlo was a productive player for Cleveland, playing for the squad from 1986-1993. He would end up playing 14-seasons in the Association with four-different clubs.
The former swing-player’s name has not been mentioned prominently in the news for a while, however he made headlines on Thursday morning, after being arrested outside his home near Spokane, Washington. “The Spokesman-Review” reported that Ehlo was arrested and booked on two separate charges, domestic violence and first-degree reckless burning, which is a Felony in the state.
According to the paper, Ehlo and his wife were involved in a domestic dispute at home on Wednesday night and carried into Thursday morning. After the fight was over family members told deputies on the scene, heard unfamiliar sounds emanating near the garage. When they went out to investigate the source of the noise, they discovered that Ehlo had pulled a big pile of clothes out of the garage and had set them on fire.
When the deputies arrived on the scene, two men had pinned the former NBA player to the ground, they told the law-enforcement officials that they kept him on the ground fearing Ehlo was going to jump into the blaze.
The 51-year-old had been an assistant-coach at Eastern Washington University, the past two seasons, but resigned his post on July 11. There has been no public speculation if the two events have any connection.