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Rockets’ Kyle Lowry charged with battery of female referee

Jan 6, 2012, 9:24 AM EDT

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An incident from one of the many charity games played during the lockout has become a very serious situation for Rockets point guard Kyle Lowry.

Lowry has been charged with misdemeanor battery from a clash with a female referee during a game in Las Vegas in September, reports (via Eye on Basketball).

The declaration of warrant/summons said, “At the end of the game, Lowry approached the victim and threw a basketball at her striking her in her torso. The victim picked up the basketball and tossed it back at Lowry. Lowry became upset and stated, ‘B****, meet me outside. I will kick you’re a**’.”

The warrant goes on to allege that after Lowry walked away, Robinson went to the designated area for officials to change shoes and clothing, and she was hit with a basketball at a high rate of speed.

The statement says that Lowry apologized for what he did saying his emotions got the better of him, and that Corey Maggette apologized for him as well. The other referees reportedly back up the victims’ account of what happened, saying that Lowry was verbally abusive to them as well.

Lowry declined to comment citing this being a legal proceeding. The Rockets released a statement saying they were aware of the charges but would not comment.

If convicted Lowry could face up to six months in prison and a $1,000 fine (although for a misdemeanor the punishment would be less severe).

Lowry is playing the best basketball of his career this season, averaging 15.3 points and 10 assists per game.

  1. seanb20124 - Jan 6, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Upset at charity game?? SMH

  2. skids003 - Jan 6, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Since he is a pro athlete and apologized, that should make it right. Isn’t that correct?

    • blackmike2 - Jan 6, 2012 at 10:17 AM

      skids, i gave you a thumbs up because i figured you were offering a bit of trenchant irony, stopping just short of outright sarcasm — providing us with a telling comment on contemporary society. if i’m off-base here [mixing my sports metaphors], oops, my bad!

  3. concernedcitizen001 - Jan 6, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Why is this not surprising at all?

  4. keyshawn22 - Jan 6, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    This is example #1 why there should not be female referees for NBA games. Does anyone think dick bavetta or Joey Crawford would file charges because someone yelled at them and threw a basketball at them? Give me a break. This lady needs a reality check…if you want to be a pro referee be prepared to get yelled at and deal with it.

    • beagle11 - Jan 6, 2012 at 10:33 AM

      This is easily one of the most intelligent and well thought out posts I have ever read on the internet. Its so obvious, that pro athletes shouldn’t have to obey the law like the rest of losers.

    • 06mustang - Jan 6, 2012 at 11:27 AM

      You are a dipstick. He THREW a basketball at a (female) ref. Didn’t your daddy ever teach you not to hit girls? Show some respect dbag.

      • goldkj - Jan 6, 2012 at 1:14 PM

        Violet Palmer has made me throw things at her on TV.

    • stopjocknmyswag - Jan 6, 2012 at 12:41 PM

      The warrant goes on to allege that after Lowry walked away, Robinson went to the designated area for officials to change shoes and clothing, and she was hit with a basketball at a high rate of speed.

      @keyshawn22— You need a reality check; Ever tried reading an article to the end instead of stopping after the first sentence? Would he have hit Dick Bavetta or Joey Crawford twice? Do the rules allow for a player to hit an official? This is the #1 reason thugs, immature brats, punks and hoods shouldn’t be allowed in the NBA.

      • keyshawn22 - Jan 6, 2012 at 1:13 PM

        Stopjock maybe u should re read the article it doesn’t say he hit her it says he threw a basketball at her. It’s a jerk move but it’s not a crime.

      • jhastrello - Jan 6, 2012 at 1:25 PM

        Wasn’t an NBA game. It was a charity affair that operates independently. No ‘rules’ – for the most part. Having said that, he should go through the process as any other person would; face a judge and have a verdict rendered. If the verdict is ‘guility of a crime’, then he should have to face the same punishment as anyone else. Period.

      • beagle11 - Jan 6, 2012 at 10:19 PM

        Let me make this as simple as possible… YOU CANT THROW SH*T AT PEOPLE. NOT A BASKETBALL, A ROCK, A TOMATO, A TAMPON, A FOAM FINGER NOT NOTHING. Doesn’t matter if its a man or if its a woman. You can be sued and arrested . There are rules in a society, they are not difficult to follow,. You sound like an idiot for supporting this animal, be a human being.

    • drewsylvania - Jan 6, 2012 at 1:28 PM

      Dude, you have a reading comprehension problem.

  5. toosano - Jan 6, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Just another B-Ball Thug.
    Keyshawn, you’re totally friggin clueless. No referee, make or female, should e assaulted. I guarantee you, if it was a guy ref it would never have happened.
    Lowry is just another spoiled thug with women issues.

  6. tilllman40 - Jan 6, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    @keyshawn22 ur name says it all . Hoodrat

  7. keyshawn22 - Jan 6, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    I wasn’t aware that yelling at someone is breaking the law if that were the case then every player would be arrested during every game. When Kobe called a referee a f*g last year should he have gotten charged? This a joke people are way too sensitive. If she can’t stand the heat she needs to get the f out of the kitchen

    • dug - Jan 6, 2012 at 11:09 AM

      maybe you missed the part where he threw a basketball at her twice.

      what do you think would happen to your boy kobe if he did that to joey crawford?

    • rooney24 - Jan 6, 2012 at 12:48 PM

      Yelling at someone may not be breaking the law. But, threatening someone is breaking the law. He allegedly threatened to kick her a**.

  8. huddyk - Jan 6, 2012 at 11:00 AM


    Do you really believe throwing a basketball at a ref (twice) isn’t worse than just calling her a name? You are a MoR ON bro. Striking anyone with any dangerous object is assault. He would not have been charged and facing jail time for calling her a name.

  9. lastdukestreetking - Jan 6, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    keyshaun22 doesn’t read very well. The assault charge is not for yelling.

  10. randomlitany - Jan 6, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    The problem is it goes both ways. That lady would likely never have filed suit if it hadn’t been a professional basketball player that yelled and threw a ball at her. It seems really weird that Lowry got so worked up in a charity game, but unless she was really injured I don’t see a reason to press charges.

  11. damnyankee13 - Jan 6, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Keyshawn is partially right. About the yelling. But throwing a ball at a ref,male/female, crosses the line

  12. 06mustang - Jan 6, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Dude will be booed at every game going forward. What happened to sportsmanship in this country?

    • drewsylvania - Jan 6, 2012 at 1:30 PM

      In the NBA? It doesn’t really exist anymore.

  13. capone888 - Jan 6, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    While I agree that this guy is a class-act jerk, a possible 6 months in jail for throwing a basketball at someone is beyond comprehension. The guy is a classless punk who will, and should be boo’d at every game he plays in…..but a possible six months jail time? This was a glorified pick up game. Have you never seen pushing, shoving, basketball throwing, or worse at your local court? He said his apologizes, and now has forever been villianized, move on.

  14. motherscratcher23 - Jan 6, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    The guy threw a basketball a ref and yelled at her. That doesn’t make him a criminal. It makes him a dick. Move on ref.

    • b7p19 - Jan 6, 2012 at 12:48 PM

      Yeah, pretty much my sentiments. She does have rights though and one of those is to press charges for what was technically an assault. I doubt much will come of it.

  15. stinkfoot51 - Jan 6, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    It’s assault no matter the sex of the person being assaulted. These are very large strong men that could seriously injure you with the force of a basketball thrown by them. It should absolutely not be tolerated.

  16. mgp1219 - Jan 6, 2012 at 12:49 PM


  17. drewsylvania - Jan 6, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Guys like this are why I stopped watching basketball in the first place. Showboating street wannabes with no class.

  18. bigmeechy74 - Jan 6, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Let me start by saying i am a liberal democrat that is pro-choice etc so i am not anti-women. Although what he did was wrong, it should’ve never had a chance to happen because women should not be refereeing in NBA games. They just shouldn’t. They aren’t good at it for one. Secondly they get no respect from any of the players or coaches and rightfully so. It’s ridiculous. The political correctness is out of control. The WNBA loses so much money and is a laughing stock but the NBA bankrolls it for political purposes. But if there is going to be a WNBA, let the women ref those lousy games and leave the greatest athletes in the world alone.

    • mgp1219 - Jan 6, 2012 at 2:46 PM

      It was a charity game!

    • dadawg77 - Jan 6, 2012 at 9:31 PM

      Just because Violet Palmer was one the worst officials in history of sports, doesn’t mean a woman can’t ref in the NBA

  19. elvoid - Jan 6, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    If he had just “Yelled at her” I don’t think there would be a problem. However, for the few reading comprehension challenged people here (not most of you, just a few) I’ll try to help.

    1. He verbally threatened her with physical assault: “B****, meet me outside. I will kick you’re a**’.” (I bet he wouldn’t have said that to a male ref – I imagine like most bullies he’s pretty much a wuss)

    2. He threw a ball at her once. The again at a “high rate of speed” according to witnesses. Both times she was hit. OK – I maybe could let the first one go – but the second one is the problem. (Again, I doubt he throws a ball at a high rate of speed at a male ref. See “wuss” comment above)

    He’s a loser. It is her right to press charges, as this crossed all kinds of lines. He’ll get off easy. The team should require anger management for him, and I suspect he has a problem with women in authority overall – which would make him an even bigger wuss.

  20. dirtydavis - Jan 6, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Kyle Lowry > KG

  21. letsgosharks - Jan 6, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Nick Van Exel is smiling somewhere..

  22. guywithissues - Jan 7, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    Surprising. That’s not the Kyle Lowry we know at Houston.

  23. ezwriter69 - Jan 8, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    People can’t resist a story about two bitches fighting… and Lowry is clearly the biggest bitch in this story.

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