Andrew Bynum has never lived up to his potential on the court, and he continues to make the wrong kind of headlines off it.
The able-bodied Lakers center was caught by a Los Angeles TV station parking in a pair of spaces reserved for handicapped drivers.
While Bynum has been fragile on the court during his Lakers career, at 23 years old, he's far from disabled.
KNBC has photographic evidence of the Lakers star putting groceries in his black BMW while parked in two handicapped places after shopping at Bristol Farms Market in the Playa del Rey area of Los Angeles.
In 2005, Bynum became the youngest player to appear in an NBA game at 18 years, six days. Yet he has played more than 70 games just once in his six-year career. Lakers fans have been teased with his greatness, but more often he fails to live up to the hype.
Lakers fans are still upset with Bynum for putting off knee surgery in 2010 to watch the World Cup in South Africa and vacation in Europe.
When confronted by a reporter about his parking issue, the 7-0, 285-pound basketball player angrily slammed his car door and sped away without commenting.
Bynum wasn't given a disabled placard or disabled license plate from the California Department of Motor Vehicles, NBC LA reports.
Illegal handicap parking fines are $353, but with Bynum making $14,900,000 next season, he's going to end up taking a much bigger PR hit.
Los Angeles athletes have a not so glorious history of using handicapped parking. In 1999, nine UCLA football players pleaded no contest to using illegally obtained disabled parking placards.
Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol are the only Lakers set to earn more than Bynum next NBA season.
As if that's not enough, Bynum is suspended for the first five games of the 2011-12 season, following a flagrant foul on J.J. Barea during the Lakers dumbfounding sweep at the hands of the world champion Mavericks.
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