Former Grizzlies, Tigers player charged with illegal gambling

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A former Memphis Grizzlies and Tigers player has been arrested for illegal gambling.

On July 29, Memphis police executed a search warrant in the 4600 block of Benoit Drive.

According to an affidavit, police found two large poker tables, poker chips, several packs of playing cards, gambling ledgers, a surveillance system and laminated placards on the wall that said “Burks Poker Palace Rules.”

Police detained three people inside the home.

One gave a statement regarding illegal gambling in the home.

According to the affidavit, he said he played in poker guard games on Tuesdays and Sundays at the home.

He told police that Antonio Burks, 41, fronted him money to gamble with.

After consenting to a search of his cell phone, police found texts between the man and Burks about the gambling, records show.

Another man’s cell phone was searched, and police found texts about “games” and gambling for money with a person identified as “Kong.”

Records show “Kong” was also listed in the gambling ledger in the home.

Records show MLGW utilities at the home are registered in Burks’ name.

Detectives determined the home to be one of Burks’ gambling properties.

He is charged with Aggravated Gambling Promotion, Gambling and Possession of Gambling Device or Record, according to the affidavit.