Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:14 pm
Edited on: January 5, 2012 10:39 pm

Lowry charged with battery against female referee

By Matt Moore

Kyle Lowry has been charged with misdemeanor assault of a female referee stemmig from a September charity game in Las Vegas. MyFoxHouston.com reports
The female victim, Infini Robinson, was one of the referees in the game.

The declaration of warrant/summons said, "At the end of the game, Lowry approached the victim and threw a basketball at her striking her in her torso. The victim picked up the basketball and tossed it back at Lowry. Lowry became upset and stated, 'B****, meet me outside. I will kick you’re a**'."

The warrant goes on to allege that after Lowry walked away, Robinson went to the designated area for officials to change shoes and clothing, and she was hit with a basketball at a high rate of speed.

Also according to the warrant, Charlotte Bobcats forward Corey Maggette apologized to Robinson on behalf of Lowry and that Lowry also approached Robinson and said, "I'm sorry. I truly apologize for what I did. I let my emotions get the best of me."
If convicted, Lowry faces six months in jail. Even in the course of a basketball game, the prosecutor's office in Vegas told the station that Robinson is considered a "protected person" in the course of the game. 

Another referee verified Robinson's claim and stated Lowry was also abusive to him. 

Lowry is enjoying the prime of his career in Houston who has struggled out of the gate this season.  

Rockets' GM Daryl Morey issued a statement to the station that the organization was aware of the summons issued and that they were monitoring the situation.  Morey said the Rockets would not comment further. 

This summer, several players had issues during the exhibitions to fill the time during the lockout. Michael Beasley shoved a fan at an event in New York and Matt Barnes punched an opponent. The charges against Lowry are more serious due to their nature.
Posted on: September 9, 2010 9:52 am
Edited on: September 9, 2010 9:53 am

Matt Barnes arrested for domestic violence

New Lakers forward claims innocence after arrest on domestic violence charge Posted by Matt Moore

Matt Barnes is known as a fiery competitor who's willing to mix it up on the floor if the situation calls for it. Unfortunately, it looks like his temper has pushed him across the line. The Sacramento Bee reports that Barnes was arrested last night for domestic violence against a woman who was living with him. According to the Bee, both Barnes and the woman had injuries when police arrived, but Barnes was determined to be the aggressor in the situation. Barnes was also booked with maliciously obstructing the use of a telephone line, which to be honest, I was unaware was an actual crime. 

Barnes defended himself on Twitter this morning and told a Sacramento television station that he "was the the victim" but was the one arrested. The presence of injuries on both himself and the woman complicates the issue, but the 911 call during which a struggle could be heard with the woman on the phone doesn't help him much. Barnes recently signed with the Lakers who already have combustible forward Ron Artest on roster. Barnes grew up in Sacramento and owns the home in the Fair Oaks community. 

Barnes was released on bail after posting a $50,000 bond. 
Posted on: August 16, 2010 10:06 pm
Edited on: August 16, 2010 11:48 pm

Pacers issue statement on Stephenson

Larry Bird issues sternly worded statement after more details of rookie's arrest come to light.
Posted by Matt Moore

It's important not to leap to conclusions when an athlete finds himself in legal trouble. Situations are rarely as simple as they appear, and were it to be a friend of yours, you'd want the public to extend some level of restraint in criticism and discretion. Unfortunately, the more we learn after the arrest of Lance Stephenson, the harder it is to avoid casting a harsh eye. Regardless, the Pacers aren't necessarily taking that approach. Nor are they taking a position comparable to other teams' "We support (player X) and will stand by him through this time." Instead, they are aggressively discussing punishment, particularly with reports developing that Stephenson not only threw the mother of his child down a flight of steps, but then slammed her head into the bottom step .

It's disturbing behavior for any team to face with a draft pick, but for Indiana, committed to rebuilding its team's character in the eyes of fans who saw the mid-00's team devolve into off-court turmoil (and, you know, the whole Malice in the Palace thing), it's something that will elicit the kind of response Larry Bird issued today. From Pacers.com:

"The news of Lance Stephenson’s arrest is very disappointing to the Pacers franchise and to me personally. We have worked very hard to bring in players that are excellent representatives of our franchise, community and state both on and off the court. Our commitment to this goal is too strong to permit the actions of one individual to reverse all of the positive strides that have been made as a franchise over the last couple of years or to hurt the image of the rest of the players on our team. Everyone in the Pacers organization remains strongly committed to our players representing Indianapolis and the state of Indiana in a positive way and will not condone behavior that reflects poorly on this franchise and community.

"We are continuing to gather all of the facts regarding Lance’s arrest but regardless of the outcome of the investigation, Lance should not have put himself in the position he was in early Sunday morning. We have consistently emphasized to our players the importance of not putting themselves in situations where bad things can happen. Once all the facts are known we will deal appropriately with Lance so that he, the team and the entire Pacers community understands that this message cannot be ignored."

Those are not the words of a franchise looking to brush past the assault charges. Those are the words of a franchise that sounds ready to cut bait on a second-round pick that had such a promising Summer League. After coming out and playing lights out this summer, Stephenson has wasted every ounce of good will he's managed to earn despite his rocky character profile.

It's frustrating. It's frustrating for the Pacers, working to move past their failures in character judgment. It's frustrating for Stephenson's fans, hoping he could capitalize on his tremendous skill if he could just grow up, just a little. To have that much God-given talent, to have worked so hard to put yourself in a position to show all the doubters wrong, and then to justify every negative thing that was said about you, how depressing is that? It's possible Stephenson's completely innocent. Our system will treat him as such, and if exonerated, I'll certainly be the first to acknowledge the mistake of presuming guilt. But it doesn't look good, and as Bird said, Stephenson put himself in a bad situation, one he shouldn't be in.

There's not a tremendous amount of leeway a second round pick gets. Stephenson's short amount of credit may have just been maxed.
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