DETROIT — The clock is running down for Robert Traylor, the ex-NBA and University of Michigan basketball star who’s been given two weeks to arrange a payment plan on 178,000 dollars in back taxes.

U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn says he’ll send Traylor to prison for 60 days if he misses that deadline.

Traylor told Cohn Monday he’d been playing basketball in Turkey and Puerto Rico and wasn’t aware of the consequences of failing to make timely payments. Traylor apologized and pleaded with the judge to not lock him up.

Cohn says he’ll reconsider the prison term if a probation officer can verify Traylor paid some money toward his debt and made adequate plans to pay the rest.

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