Rockets guard Kyle Lowry has been charged with one count of misdemeanor battery for actions that took place during the NBA lockout. Here's a snippet from FOX Houston's Mark Berman:
According to the charges, the allegations stem from a basketball game Lowry was playing in between NBA players on Sept. 22, 2011 in Las Vegas. 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.
I know what you're thinking. Somehow, Charlotte Bobcats forward Corey Maggette has got to be involved.
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."
Lowry won't appear before a court until February 2nd. If Lowry is convicted of the charges, he faces up to six months in the Clark County detention center.
I'm no legal expert, so I won't dive into those details. But from a fan's perspective, I think we've all come to expect nothing but professionalism from Lowry, which makes this all the more surprising. At the same time, we all want Lowry on the court and out of jail, so to play to that notion, I'll say this: If Donte Stallworth can kill someone with a car and end up playing football the next year, you'd have to think Lowry will be able to escape jail time for a misdemeanor battery charge. Take my uninformed opinion for what it is, a guess.
We'll have more as it unfolds.