Thursday 22 February 2018

Son of former Wimbledon champion John McEnroe arrested for buying cocaine

John McEnroe
John McEnroe

Philip Sherwell

The son of John McEnroe, the former Wimbledon and US Open tennis champion, and Tatum O'Neal, the Oscar-winning actress, was arrested on a Manhattan street corner buying cocaine, New York police said.

Kevin McEnroe, 27, was allegedly stopped with six bags of cocaine and more than 30 prescription pills during the late-night bust in the city's East Village.

He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and released without bail after being arrested just a few streets from the Lower East Side location where his mother was caught buying crack cocaine in 2008.

O'Neal, the youngest person to win an Academy Award for her role in Paper Moon at the age of 10, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct following her narcotics bust.

She has admitted battling drug problems since she was a teenager and lost custody of their three children to McEnroe while fighting her heroin addiction.

McEnroe won Wimbledon three times and the US Open four times, but was as well known for his short temper and arguments with umpires as his victories on court.

The couple, who married in 1986 and separated in 1992, have two other children – Sean, 27, and, Emily, 23.

Kevin McEnroe's alleged drug dealer was also arrested and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell.

According to his Facebook profile, he attended Trinity School, a $44,000 New York private school, and later went to Columbia University. His parents did not reply to requests for comment from US media.

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