Sunday, August 15, 2010
Pacers Rookie Lance Stephenson Facing Felony Assault Charges
Lance Stephenson is a rookie player recruited by the Indiana Pacers this year and he is already facing felony reckless endangerment and assault charges in Brooklyn, New York after police say the 19-year-old banged the head of his girlfriend against a stairwell wall and threw her down a flight of stairs during an argument. Twenty-one year-old Jasmine Williams was transported to a hospital for treatment of neck and head injuries. The New York native played only one year of college basketball at the University of Cincinnati before being drafted by the Pacers in this year's draft. Stephenson faced a Class B misdemeanor for allegedly sexually assaulting a 17-year-old while he was still in high school in New York. He was also suspended from school for five days during his senior year after an altercation with a teammate. He has a two-year-old daughter, whose mother is the woman he is accused of shoving down the stairs. Would someone please tell me why the Pacers would have drafted a guy with his past transgressions if they are truly concerned about the image of their team?