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Lance Stephenson arrested, accused of assaulting girlfriend

Lance Stephenson of the Indiana Pacers was charged with assault, reckless endangerment and menacing after being accused of pushing his girlfriend down a flight of concrete stairs.

Stephenson allegedly caused Jasmine Williams, his 21-year-old girlfriend and mother of his child, to fall down 10 steps at about 5 a.m. Sunday, police told the New York Daily News. She was treated for head and neck injuries in the fall Sunday in Brooklyn, a New York Police Department spokesman told the Associated Press. Stephenson, 19, was released on his own recognizance after appearing in Brooklyn Criminal Court.

Stephenson, who played at Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn and the University of Cincinnati for a year, was recruited by the University of Maryland and Under Armour for its basketball shoe division. The move was a controversial one for Maryland Coach Gary Williams because Stephenson had been suspended for fighting with a teammate in high school and was arrested in October 2008 for allegedly groping a female high school student. He was charged with a Class B misdemeanor and pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in the latter incident.

Still, Stephenson's talent was undeniable and formidable. "He scores as naturally as we breathe," Tom Konchalski, a Queens-based recruiting analyst and editor of the High School Basketball Insider, said in 2009.

Considered a first-round NBA draft pick, Stephenson's legal issues caused him to drop to the second round; he was taken 40th overall by the Pacers in June.

By Cindy Boren  |  August 16, 2010; 12:53 PM ET
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Ugh. This kid sounds like a real charmer. What a shame Cincinnati was able to beat Maryland in the sweepstakes to land his services for one season; he would've been a real feather in Gary Williams' hat.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | August 16, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

"cap." I believe the saying is "feather in one's cap." Ahem.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | August 16, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

this kid could be the poster child for an dumb-ass waste!

Did he already sign his NBA contract? If not his NBA career might be over before it even starts. if I were the Pacers I would just send him over seas and let this die down and hope the kids grows up. Kicking a woman down stairs and slamming her head ain't a redeemable act. he isn't going to be accepted in any City, and this kid does not have the maturity to handle this situation and adversity in any manner.

Sorry to say it but you could tell this dude was a big ignorant spoiled dummy when you saw him play. you saw the bad attitude, the not thinking or listening and whining the entire time. I was glad he did not go to MD.

Posted by: oknow1 | August 16, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

He signed three weeks ago, unfortunately. Oh well, he's the Pacers problem now!

Posted by: jbworldwide | August 16, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm sooooo glad that he decided to go to Cincy. What a jack@$$!

Posted by: carterm1 | August 17, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

He is a thug and a punk and that's why i'm glad he kept his thug azz at Cincy yeah the Pacers are gonna love him i'll give him three years in the league if he last that long just plain stupid but why is anyone surprised he had a rape charge when he was in HS he should have been locked up with no bond.

Posted by: dargregmag | August 20, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

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