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FAL-WIN 2016

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FALL 2016 \ PIERCE 23 before Connolly was eventually convicted of tipping off the South Boston gangster, effectively allowing Bulger to run the city's underworld for years. Connolly put his arm around the young agent's shoulder and said, "I know Bos- ton quite well, so if there's anything you need, just let me know." The gesture didn't sit right with Chatman. "I didn't know anything about what he was doing, but I didn't want anything to do with him," he recalls. "There was just something about him that didn't seem right." A JUDICIOUS DECISION It all started when he landed a part-time job as a campus security guard in his senior year at Pierce. It meant quitting the basketball team, where the 6'1" small forward was a co-captain as a junior. Chatman enjoyed the camaraderie and competition of being on the team, but he realized he would never have a shot at the NBA coming from a then-Division III school. So he decided to focus on his studies, and after graduat- ing, Chatman landed a job working security at the former King 's Department Store in Keene. The three-year stint gave him enough experience to be hired as a state police officer in his native Pennsylvania. He held that job for five years before being recruited by the FBI. J. Forbes Farmer, professor of sociology, social work and counseling, says he knew early on that Chatman was not your aver- age student. Farmer tells the story about when Chatman—in the middle of a final, no less—told him that a lot of the questions were unfair. "Not a lot of students would have that kind of courage and conviction to do that," Farmer says, adding that he switched some of the test's questions because he realized Chat- man was right. "You could see then that he was going to make a name for himself." Chatman's interest in sports played out during the latter half of his FBI career. He was chosen to work at big-time events such as the Super Bowl, the NCAA Final Four, and the Sugar Bowl as the FBI's point person, coordinating security efforts with stadium officials, and local and state law enforcement. But it was working the 2007 NBA All-Star game in New Orleans that proved to be a game changer, where he heard through a friend that the Seattle Supersonics, which were moving to Oklahoma City the following year, were looking for someone to lead their security team. Now, after more than two decades fighting the bad guys, Chatman relishes the chance to be in a less stressful environment. "It's a great job, the best of both worlds," he says. For a lifelong basketball aficionado, it doesn't get better than that. LIKE KEVIN DURANT, WHAT YOU SEE WITH HIM IS WHAT YOU GET. HE'S JUST A GOOD GUY. THEY ALL ARE.

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