02/23/2015 02:53 EST | Updated 04/25/2015 05:59 EDT

Kenrick Whitney, ex-Richmond Mountie, gets suspended sentence over $650 theft

Kenrick Whitney, a former Richmond Mountie and B.C. Lions player, has been given a suspended sentence and one year's probation after stealing $650 while on duty.

Whitney pleaded guilty to breach of trust last year. At a sentencing hearing in January this year, Whitney said he was dealing with severe depression at the time of the crime.

Whitney's post-football policing career has been checkered.

He was an RCMP officer for 17 years but was suspended by the RCMP in February 2014 without pay. He then resigned from the force in August.

In 2003, Whitney pleaded guilty to assault after slapping a man for taking the parking spot he wanted. 

He was discharged and received no criminal record from that offence, but was ordered to serve 25 hours of community service and fined two days of pay. 

Then in 2007, he found himself in trouble again when an RCMP adjudication board found Whitney guilty of disgraceful conduct for swearing at another driver and spitting in his face.