Report: Ex-NBA Star Amar'e Stoudemire Arrested After Allegedly Striking His Daughter

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVDecember 18, 2022

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 14: Brooklyn Nets player development assistant, Amar'e Stoudemire looks on during the game against the Sacramento Kings at Barclays Center on February 14, 2022 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
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Former six-time NBA All-Star Amar'e Stoudemire was arrested Sunday on a count of misdemeanor battery, according to David J. Neal and David Ovalle of the Miami Herald.

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One of Stoudemire's daughters told police he "punched her in the jaw and slapped her hard enough to draw blood."

An officer wrote in their report the daughter had blood stains on her sweater and sweatpants. Her mother also provided authorities with a photo in which her daughter was crying and had blood running down her face.

Stoudemire allegedly took exception to how his daughter addressed her grandmother in his condo, per Neal and Ovalle:

When the daughter denied having such a tone with her grandmother, she said her father "then responded with 'You're talking back again' and punched her on the right side of her jaw.' As a follow up, she said, he slapped her face, bloodying her nose "and continued slapping her on the left side of her body."

The daughter subsequently reached out to her mother, Stoudemire's ex-wife Alexis, to come and pick her up. Stoudemire told officers her daughter "was sad because she received a whooping from him for being disrespectful and a liar."

Stoudemire took to Twitter on Sunday to provide a statement:

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Stoudemire spent 14 seasons in the NBA across spells with the Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat. He also played abroad and suited up in the BIG3 league.

The 40-year-old joined the Brooklyn Nets in a player development role in October 2020. He announced in May he wouldn't return to the franchise for the 2022-23 season.