Houston Rockets guard Kevin Porter Jr. was reportedly arrested on Sunday in New York for domestic violence, according to multiple sources. The 20-year-old player allegedly got into a physical altercation with a woman at an apartment in Manhattan.
Porter Jr. was taken into custody and charged with assault, harassment, and criminal mischief, as reported by the New York Police Department. The incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, and the woman involved suffered minor injuries.
The Rockets organization released a statement expressing their concern and stating that they are gathering information about the situation. They also mentioned that they take allegations of this nature seriously and will cooperate with the authorities during the investigation.
Kevin Porter Jr. joined the Rockets in January 2021 after being traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers. He has shown promise on the court, averaging 16.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 6.3 assists per game in his first season with Houston.
This is not the first time Porter Jr. has faced legal issues. In November 2020, he was involved in a separate incident where he was accused of punching a woman in the face while visiting a Cleveland nightclub. However, those charges were later dropped.
The NBA has a strict policy against domestic violence and will likely conduct its own investigation into the matter. Depending on the outcome, Porter Jr. could face disciplinary action, including suspension or fines.
Domestic violence is a serious issue, and professional sports leagues have been increasingly vigilant in addressing such incidents. The Rockets and the NBA will undoubtedly take this matter seriously and ensure that appropriate actions are taken.
As the legal process unfolds, it remains to be seen how this arrest will impact Porter Jr.’s future with the Rockets and his standing within the NBA.