When it comes to the winding journey of life, it’s important to remember some basic rules along the way. One of them might be, say, “Lock your doors if you’re going to leave a $50,000 assault rifle in a Rolls Royce.”
While you’d think that nugget of wisdom would come naturally for most, it was apparently a lesson learned for Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside over the summer.
How Hassan Whiteside lost his very expensive gun
The 29-year-old Whiteside reportedly purchased an M16 assault rifle with ammunition, a silencer and a rifle bag for the low, low price of $50,000 on July 6 this offseason, according to 640 AM radio host Andy Slater.
Per the report, Whiteside’s next move was to drive to the University of Miami for a workout. When he returned home the next day, he discovered the weapon was missing. After an investigation by police, it was determined that the gun was stolen when Whiteside left it in his unlocked Rolls Royce at the gun store.
The rifle was reportedly discovered weeks later in a stolen car in North Miami.
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Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside
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AUBURN HILLS, MI - MARCH 28: Hassan Whiteside #21 of the Miami Heat celebrates his buzzer beating game winning basket with teammates in front of Andre Drummond #0 of the Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills on March 28, 2017 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 23: Hassan Whiteside #21 of the Miami Heat reacts to winning a game against the Golden State Warriors at American Airlines Arena on January 23, 2017 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 15: Hassan Whiteside #21 of the Miami Heat reaches for a rebound next to Robin Lopez #42 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on January 15, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: Rodney McGruder #17 and Hassan Whiteside #21 of the Miami Heat react after the Heat score in the final moments of the fourth quarter during the game against Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on November 14, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Heat won 120-107. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
Apr 5, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) reacts during the second half of Tuesday night's game against the Detroit Pistons at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Robert Duyos-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) dunks over Charlotte Hornets guard Courtney Lee (1) and center Al Jefferson (25) during the second half of Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 17, 2016, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) dunks over Washington Wizards guard John Wall, back center, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Washington. Heat guard Goran Dragic (7), of Slovenia, looks on. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Miami Heat's Hassan Whiteside (21) battles Chicago Bulls' Robin Lopez (42) for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Miami Heat's Hassan Whiteside reacts late in the fourth quarter of the team's NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Thursday, March 8, 2018, in Miami. The Heat won 108-99. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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Whiteside and Heat confirm stolen gun
Whiteside later confirmed the gun had been stolen and recovered over the summer in a statement released through the Heat on Thursday, according to the Miami Herald:
“I have a license for the gun that was stolen from me over the summer,” Whiteside said in a statement issued through the team. “I should have secured it better and I’m glad it was recovered. It won’t happen again. It is now locked in a safe and I only use it at the gun range.”
Hopefully, Whiteside will be locking his car doors as well.