New York Knicks guard Raymond Felton was arrested and charged with felony possession of a firearm and is expected to make a court appearance today, the New York City Police Department said.
Felton, 29, was arrested at about 12:50 a.m. at the 20th Precinct on Manhattan’s Upper West Side after he was called in for questioning, NYPD Sergeant John Buthorn said. He was accompanied by an attorney, police said. A woman had come into the police station earlier with a gun that she said was Felton’s, Buthorn said.
Felton is charged with second and third-degree criminal possession of a firearm, which are felonies, NYPD Sergeant Thomas Antonetti said. He’s also charged with fourth-degree possession of a firearm, a misdemeanor.
Felton has struggled this season, seeing his points-per-game average fall to a career low 10.4 while directing the offense for a Knicks’ team that’s 21-36, ranking 11th among the 15 Eastern Conference franchises. His arrest came hours after he scored eight points and dished out seven assists in a 110-108 loss to the Dallas Mavericks at Madison Square Garden.
Felton was the subject of trade discussions as the National Basketball Association’s trade deadline came and went last week, several news organizations including the New York Daily News reported.
The Knicks re-acquired Felton in the 2012-13 season from the Portland Trail Blazers. Felton, the fifth overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft, had his best professional season while with the Knicks in 2010-11, when he averaged 17.1 points and 9.0 assists in 54 games.
He was then sent to the Denver Nuggets as part of the nine-player trade that brought Carmelo Anthony to New York. Felton played 60 games for the Trail Blazers in the 2011-12 season, averaging 11.4 points and 6.5 assists.
In 2009, wide receiver Plaxico Burress of professional football’s New York Giants was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to a firearm charge. His gun accidentally discharged in a Manhattan nightclub, wounding him in the thigh.
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