Royce White Denies Allegations by Tania Mehra of Domestic Violence
Royce White has made headlines for all the wrong reasons since being drafted in the first round by the Houston Rockets last year, and that continues to be the case as he is currently under investigation for an alleged domestic violence incident involving his ex-girlfriend, according to TMZ.
Royce White has since denied the allegations made by Tania Mehra.
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UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 5
Legal Assistant Sam Reisman for Peter R. Ginsberg Law, LLC has released a statement to Bleacher Report on behalf of Royce White:
Royce has seen today’s media reports that law enforcement in Texas is investigating claims of domestic violence by a terminated and disgruntled former employee of his charitable organization. Royce vehemently denies the allegations and is looking forward to a speedy and just resolution of these unfortunate and unfair claims. It is all too easy to make allegations, especially when directed at a person who is in the public eye. Royce hopes that the media will be equally attentive when these allegations ultimately are rejected.
The incident in question involves Maxim model Tania Mehra, who has alleged that White assaulted her on June 22. TMZ is reporting that someone initially placed a 911 call on June 22 to report a laceration above Mehra's right eye; however, they said it was caused by an accidental fall so as not to damage White's career prospects.
Details surrounding the situation are still being gathered, but according to TMZ, law enforcement said, "The victim stated that White had assaulted her after she became angered by his advances toward her friend."
The Rockets had high hopes for White when they drafted him out of Iowa State, but his anxiety issues made it difficult for the team to work out travel accommodations, according to Royce Young of CBSSports.com. White was openly critical of the organization, and he never played a regular-season game for Houston.
White was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers for future draft considerations in July, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, so the Rockets no longer have to deal with his antics.
He has already proven to be a very difficult player to deal with, and this investigation most definitely complicates matters. It's certainly possible that this is nothing more than a misunderstanding, but White has already been a problem child during his NBA tenure, so the Sixers may not be so patient.
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