Updates from Monday, June 23
Mike Mazzeo of ESPN reports how Raymond Felton will plead:
Felton will avoid jail time #nyk— Mike Mazzeo (@MazzESPN) June 23, 2014
Under an agreement reached today Felton will have to plead guilty to a felony, serve community service and pay a fine #nyk— Mike Mazzeo (@MazzESPN) June 23, 2014
As reported by ESPN.com, the 29-year-old is expected to appear in a Manhattan court on Tuesday after turning himself in for questioning at the 20th precinct on the Upper West Side of the borough.
ESPN passed along details from a police spokesman:
Felton was charged with second- and third-degree criminal possession of a firearm, which are felonies, and fourth-degree possession of a firearm, which is a misdemeanor. Further details on the weapons charges are not known at this point.
Chris Herring of The Wall Street Journal later clarified that Felton wasn't charged with three counts:
According to the complaint, Felton was officially arraigned on two charges -- down from the three he was arrested on.— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) February 25, 2014
According to Marc Berman of The New York Post, Felton is expected to be back at practice tomorrow:
See ya on South Beach. Felton expects to attend practice tomorrow and play vs. Heat Thursday http://t.co/6heBFIa9ki— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) February 26, 2014
Larry Celona, Natasha Velez and Jamie Schram of the New York Post alleged the arrest was made after Felton pointed his gun at his wife, Ariane Raymondo-Felton. According to the report, Raymondo-Felton recently filed for divorce after just 19 months of marriage.
Herring and Pervaiz Shallwani of The Wall Street Journal provided more details on the arrest:
According to a law-enforcement official, the arrest stems from a semiautomatic handgun that allegedly belongs to Mr. Felton and was left at the apartment of his estranged wife, Ariane Felton.
Ms. Felton and the attorney representing her in divorce proceedings took the gun, which had 17 bullets in the magazine and one in the chamber, to the 20th precinct station house in Manhattan Monday evening because she no longer wanted it in the home, the official said.
Ms. Felton, 26, said that on four occasions, most recently Feb. 14, Mr. Felton waved the weapon around in an aggressive way but didn't point it at her, according to the official.
The official said the weapon and ammunition aren't legal in New York City.
Herring later added more details on actions the court took:
Prosecutors request $25,000 bail got Felton, and ask for order of protection against his wife— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) February 25, 2014
Felton's case has been adjourned to June 2nd.— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) February 25, 2014
Shouldve mentioned before: The order of protection barring Felton from having contact w his wife is temporary -- for 6 months. Thats typical— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) February 25, 2014
The nine-year NBA veteran—who was traded from the Portland Trail Blazers to the Knicks in 2012 and subsequently signed a three-year, $10 million extension—has regressed after a successful 2012-13 campaign. He is averaging just 10.4 points per game this season, down from his career average of 13.3, and has seen his percentages dip across the board.
Felton recently made headlines after revealing he is tired of jabs concerning his weight, per Newsday's Al Iannazzone: "I had one year when I was out of shape, now everybody wants to talk about my weight every year. It's kind of getting old. It's kind of getting on my nerves that that’s all you want to talk about."
As noted by ESPNNewYork.com's Ian Begley, unimpressive play forced the Knicks to offer Felton in multiple trade deals before the Feb. 20 NBA trade deadline. The team was unable to find a partner, and now the floor general will need to focus on more serious matters away from the court.
The Knicks can only hope Felton is able to resolve these off-court issues and return in short order, particularly if Mike Woodson's team is to recover from the mess that has become this season. New York currently sits at 15 games under .500 (21-36) and six games out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, having lost three straight and nine of 11 overall.