New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton was arrested early Tuesday morning on three counts of criminal possession of a weapon, according to a New York Police Department spokesman.
The news comes on the eve of another heartbreaking loss for the Knicks, as the Dallas Mavericks beat them with a last-second shot.
Felton was charged with second- and third-degree criminal possession of a firearm, which are felonies in New York, and fourth-degree possession of a firearm, which is a misdemeanor, the spokesman said. The rugged point guard is expected to appear in criminal court in Manhattan later Tuesday morning. And while the charges don’t stem from him using the firearm in a menacing manner, Felton was in possession of a weapon he wasn’t licensed or registered to have.
The 29-year-old turned himself in to authorities at 12:50 a.m. Tuesday and was questioned at the 20th Precinct in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, which was only a few hours after the Knicks’ demoralizing loss. No word on whether Felton can plead out of this situation, but this bit of news should put his three-year, $10 million contract in jeopardy.
Felton’s off-the-court struggles mirror his on-court woes, as the Knicks have tried to deal him in several trade packages prior to the Feb. 20 trade deadline but could not compete a deal.
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