NBA player Royce White is under investigation for allegedly beating up his ex-girlfriend.
Maxim model Tania Mehra filed a police report on August 30 for an incident that occurred at White’s Houston-area home in June. Records show that someone called 911 on June 22 to report a laceration above Mehra’s right eye, which she claimed she suffered in an “accidental fall.” Mehra changed her mind last week and admitted that she lied about the incident.
Police told TMZ, “The victim said she had lied earlier because the suspect played for the NBA and did not want the incident to damage his career.”
Law enforcement also told the website, “The victim stated that White had assaulted her after she became angered by his advances toward her friend.”
The 26-year-old model also claimed that the 22-year-old 76ers forward threw a candleholder at her, but it missed and broke a mirror instead.
The incident is currently under investigation. So far, no charges have been filed against White.
On March 21, 2012, Royce White decided to forgo his junior and senior at Iowa State University to enter the NBA Draft. He was selected as the 16th pick in the first round by the Houston Rockets. He missed the opening of NBA camp on October 1 because he wanted a contractual plan with the Rockets to address his obsessive compulsive disorder and anxiety disorder. White requested permission to buy a bus to travel to games due to his fear of flying. The Rockets agreed to help eliminate as many of White’s anxiety triggers as possible.
White and the Rockets had several disagreements over his mental health, causing the player to skip practices and request the involvement of mental health professionals. On December 29, Houston assigned White to its’ D-League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, but White refused the assignment. On January 6, 2013, the Rockets suspended him without pay for failing to uphold his contract.
Twenty days later, Royce White and the Houston Rockets agreed that he would report to the Vipers on February 11. He passed his physical on February 8 and made his debut with the team on February 12. He announced his departure from the team on March 21.
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