Nuggets' Ty Lawson Charged with Physical Harassment and Criminal Mischief
According to the Associated Press (via NBA.com), the initial domestic hearing has been delayed until September.
UPDATE: Friday, Aug. 23
The Associated Press (via NBA.com) reports that Lawson's domestic hearing has been postponed until September:
An initial hearing in the domestic violence case against Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson is being delayed until September.
Prosecutors asked for the postponement on Friday to give them more time to investigate.
UPDATE: Wednesday, Aug. 21
TMZ's staff reports that Ty Lawson and Ashley King's arrest was a "misunderstanding" and confirms their next court date:
Now sources close to the couple tell TMZ ... they simply had a bad night and the arrest was a misunderstanding. They are back at home, still together and focused on moving forward.
Ty and Ashley are due back in court Friday for their arraignment—when they're hoping to put the entire case behind them.
UPDATE: Tuesday, Aug. 20
Sadie Gurman of The Denver Post has the latest on the sequence of events that led to Ty Lawson being placed under arrest:
A Saturday argument that ended in the arrests of both Denver Nuggets' star point guard Ty Lawson and his pregnant girlfriend started when she overheard him talking to another woman on the phone, according to affidavits filed against them.
The fight in their Arapahoe County home accelerated from there, with Lawson's girlfriend, Ashley Nicole Pettiford, 24, threatening to pack up and leave. Lawson, 25, then threw armfuls of her clothes around the room. Each broke the other's cell phone to get even, the affidavits say.
UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 19
Local Denver TV station 9NEWS provides the mugshot of Lawson:
While the details are still scarce, Lawson doesn't appear to be very concerned as he commented on CBS4 sports anchor Vic Lombardi's tweet talking about the incident:
20 day old fish RT @VicLombardi: Ty Lawson does not fit the profile. At all. Something fishy here.— Ty Lawson (@TyLawson3) August 20, 2013
Lawson's teammate Wilson Chandler joked about the situation, and vouched for his point guard:
Young Ty trying to get that street cred up lol— Wilson Chandler (@wilsonchandler) August 20, 2013
Fresh home off bond— Wilson Chandler (@wilsonchandler) August 20, 2013
All jokes, that story is suspect. He's not even on that type of time.— Wilson Chandler (@wilsonchandler) August 20, 2013
Alan Gathright of ABC-7 News in Denver has the details:
Denver Nuggets' guard Tywon "Ty" Lawson was arrested in an alleged domestic violence incident in Arapahoe County on Saturday, according to court records.
The 25-year-old Lawson was arrested by sheriff's deputies on investigation of harassment that includes either striking, shoving or kicking as well as property damage, court records state. Both charges are misdemeanors. The incident requires a mandatory restraining order.
According to the report, Lawson, who was also arrested in January of this year for attempting to avoid prosecution on another misdemeanor case involving traffic citations, was released on a $1,000 bond.
Details of this arrest are still unclear, but the Nuggets organization can't be thrilled about seeing their floor general and recently extended star guard in the news in this capacity.
Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly released this statement Monday night:
We are fully aware of an incident involving Ty Lawson over the weekend. Per team policy and out of respect for the legal process, we will have no further comment at this time.
Lawson has improved his numbers every season he has been in the NBA, and expectations for his fifth year with the Nuggets are high.
After averaging 14.8 points, 5.5 assists and 1.3 steals per 36 minutes as a rookie out of North Carolina in the 2009-10 season, Lawson upped those to 16.0, 6.5 and 1.4, then to 16.9, 6.8 and 1.4, and finally to 17.4, 7.2 and 1.5 last season.
In late October, the Nuggets rewarded their talented point guard with a lucrative four-year, $48 million extension.
Lawson has become one of the quickest, most electric playmakers in the Association, and he has slowly climbed the ladder of top point guards in the league as his role with the Nuggets has continually increased.
Needless to say, this isn't want the Nuggets' new-look front office wants to see from such a crucial member of the lineup.
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