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Daniel Gibson Reportedly Turns Self In to Police on Assault and Battery Charge

Alex KayCorrespondent IJuly 29, 2013

Daniel Gibson has reportedly turned himself in to police on Monday and is ready to face charges of second-degree assault and battery.

WDSU News first reported the story shortly after the 27-year-old surrendered himself to the New Orleans Police Department at the 8th District headquarters in the French Quarter.

WDSU notes that the incident allegedly took place at the Essence Festival, an annual music festival held in New Orleans over Fourth of July weekend. Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal is reporting that Gibson punched a man and broke his jaw.

Gibson’s attorney, Ike Spears, declined comment, and there are no further details to report at this juncture.

This situation is certainly concerning in regards to Gibson’s future in the NBA, as the seven-year veteran has only participated in 81 games over the past two seasons for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

His numbers took a significant dive in 2012-13, as the 6’2”, 200-pound guard averaged just 5.4 points, 1.8 assists and 1.3 rebounds in 20 minutes of play per game.

Those pale in comparison to the 11.6 points, 3.0 assists and 2.6 rebounds he averaged in 27.8 minutes back in 2010-11.

The Cavs selected the former Texas Longhorn with the 12th pick in the second round of the 2006 draft, and he played an immediate role on the team.

He quickly became a significant part of Cleveland’s postseason runs in the LeBron James era and received the starting nod in two games of the 2007 NBA Finals.

Although the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs would sweep his Cavaliers, Gibson averaged 10.8 points, 2.5 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 34.8 minutes per game that series.

It’ll certainly be worth monitoring this situation to see how it plays out and if Gibson—currently a free agent—is capable of catching on with another team and continuing his NBA career.

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