Pacers rookie arrested for assault
New York - An Indiana Pacers rookie was arrested Saturday in New York City.
Police in New York City confirm to Eyewitness News that Lance Stephenson, 19, was arrested in Brooklyn just after 5:30 a.m. Sunday. Police had been called to an altercation at an apartment building on Avenue Z and arrived to find the player had gotten into a fight with his girlfriend in a stairwell.
Investigators at the scene found Stephenson was in a fight with 21-year-old Jasmine Williams and banged her head against a wall, then shoved her down a flight of stairs.
Williams was transported to a local hospital for head and neck injuries. Police say she fell down 10 stairs.
Stephenson, a second-round pick from Cincinnati, was arrested for two felonies - second degree reckless endangerment and assault - and a misdemeanor charge of third degree menacing.
Pacers President Larry Bird said in a statement Sunday night the team is investigating the incident.
"We have been made aware of a situation involving Lance Stephenson early Sunday morning in Brooklyn. We are currently in the process of gathering information and will have further comments as we learn more facts," Bird said.
It's not the first time Stephenson has run afoul of the law. While he was still in high school in 2008, he was charged with sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl. He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in that case.