Houston Rockets guard Kevin Porter Jr. was arrested at a New York City hotel on Monday morning.
According to reports, Porter was arrested on felony charges of assault and strangulation after an incident at the Millenium Hotel in Times Square.
ABC News was the first to report the story.
The incident involved Porter’s girlfriend, former WNBA player Kysre Gondrezick.
“Upon arrival, officers were informed that a 26-year-old female sustained a laceration to the right side of her face and was complaining about pain to her neck,” a New York City police spokesperson said.
“A preliminary investigation on scene determined that a known individual struck her multiple times upon her body and placed his hands around the neck.”
Gondrezick was transported to the hospital for evaluation.
Kysre Gondrezick was taken to the hospital with at least one broken bone and bruising, per @NBCNewYork
“A preliminary investigation on scene determined that a known individual struck her multiple times upon her body and placed his hands around her neck.” pic.twitter.com/OITQsufLpI
— NBACentral (@TheDunkCentral) September 11, 2023
The Rockets have issued a brief statement on Porter’s arrest, acknowledging they are aware of the situation.
“We are in the process of gathering information surrounding the matter involving Kevin Porter Jr.,” the Rockets said in a statement. “We have no further comment at this time.”
Porter has had a number of off-court incidents throughout his playing career, beginning with a suspension during his lone season at USC for “conduct issues.” He was also involved in a heated locker room incident while in Cleveland with members of the team staff and general manager Kob Altman which ultimately led to his trade to the Rockets, while receiving a one-game suspension in Houston after leaving in the middle of a game during the 2021-22 season.
Despite his off-court issues, the Rockets signed Porter to a four-year contract extension last season worth up to $82.5 million. However, to protect themselves, the Rockets structured the deal so only $15.9 million for this season is fully guaranteed.
Last season, Porter averaged 19.2 points, 5.7 assists, and 5.3 rebounds per game. But now, his NBA future looks like it could be in jeopardy.
LeBron Trying To Recruit NBA Superstars To Team USA For 2024 Paris Olympics