Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
At 5:05 Sunday morning Coney Island police responded to an assault charge at 621 Avenue Z, according to the police report. Upon the arrival of police, they discovered Stephenson’s girlfriend, Jasmine Williams, who stated that her boyfriend, the 19-year-old rookie guard with the Indiana Pacers, pushed her down a flight of stairs, striking her head against the wall. She was transported to Lutheran Hospital in stable condition.
Stephenson, the No. 40 pick in this year’s NBA Draft, was taken into custody at the scene and charged with assault, attempted assault, harassment, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon.
Asked where he was on Sunday night, a NYPD spokesman said, “He’s down in Brooklyn court.”
“We have been made aware of a situation involving Lance Stephenson early Sunday morning in Brooklyn,” Pacers president Larry Bird said in a statement. “We are currently in the process of gathering information and will have further comments as we learn more facts.”
Stephenson and Williams are the parents of a young daughter, Liara, who stayed in Brooklyn while Stephenson spent a year at the University of Cincinnati and then joined the Pacers.
Stephenson’s attorneys, Alberto Ebanks and Adam Sattler, did not respond to voicemails and text messages Sunday night.
The story was first reported by the Daily News.
In October 2008, Stephenson faced a Class B misdemeanor sexual assault charge for allegedly groping a 17-year-old girl outside Lincoln High School.
Last July he pled to disorderly conduct and agreed to perform three days of community service.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.