Backup Lakers forward Jordan Hill is facing a felony assault charge after his former girlfriend, Darlene Luna, accused him of choking and shoving her during an altercation in Houston that took place earlier in the year.
According to the report obtained by TMZ, Hill — who at 24-years-old is in his third NBA season — left bruises on Miss Luna’s legs and tried to choke her during a heated “argument about the couples’ future.”
CBS Sports writes that during the argument, Luna threw Hill’s cell phones to the floor. She told police that her former boyfriend of two years then punched her in the legs, grabbed her, pulled her off the couch and dragged her to where the phones were, and threw her against the wall.
Jordan allegedly then grabbed her from behind and applied a choke-hold which prevented her from breathing.
A rep for the Lakers revealed they knew of the incident but had little else to say,
“We are aware of the media reports alleging an incident involving Jordan Hill from two months ago when he was a member of the Houston Rockets.”
“We do not have any details regarding these reports and therefore, as well as due to the personal and legal aspects, it would not be appropriate for us to comment.”
Following news of the assault, Jordan Hill took to Twitter and wrote:
“Wowwwww,” and “Unbelievable!!!!!!!!”
The former No.8 pick in the 2009 NBA Draft later released a statement addressing the choking incident which said:
“I promise to keep my focus and attention on the playoffs during this time and to helping my team win another championship. I’d like to apologize to the Lakers organization and to all of their fans for the untimeliness of these accusations.”
News of Jordan Hill’s felony assault comes as another Laker, Metta World Peace, was suspended for seven games without pay for elbowing Oklahoma City’s James Harden.
If convicted in the choking case, CBS reports that Hill that could face up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
via CBS Sports