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Rockets’ Lowry gets community service for summer incident

Feb 2, 2012, 6:12 PM EDT

Kyle Lowry AP

During the lockout last summer, frustrated with a female referee at a charity game in Las Vegas, the Rockets’ Kyle Lowry threw a basketball at her, striking her. He was also verbally abusive, according to the charges filed against him for the incident.

The result of that misdemeanor case is Lowry entered a plea of no contest and has been ordered do 100 hours of community service and impulse-control management classes, reports the Houston Chronicle.

Lowry did later apologize to the woman, according to reports. Once he does the community service the case will be dropped.

Lowry is having the best season of his career, averaging 14.7 points and 8 assists a game to lead the rockets to a better than expected 12-10 record that has them in the playoff hunt in the West.

  1. keyshawn22 - Feb 2, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    America’s legal system has just sunk to a new all time low…

    So cops should rush out to all the basketball courts in the country because every person that throws a ball at another is committing a crime.

    Also boys remember not to throw the ball at a girl when you play dodgeball because in the usa thats now considered a crime apparently.

    This is an utter joke, Kyle dont sweat it we all know this is nonsense!

  2. jimsjam33 - Feb 2, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    No one has the right to throw a ball in anger at a women , who happened to be a referee . Kevin , like every other human being is subject to paying the price. Throwning the ball and cursing at a female ref is not included in the rules if you are angry . It’s a little different if he had thrown the ball at Matt Barnes ( for example ) and challenged him to a fight . But this is a lady referee and Kevin bullied her and threatened her . Where’s her defense . Does she take him on ? Don’t be silly . Lowry is a strong athlete and could have killed this lady if she had confronted him . This lady had a right to be protected and the nine other MEN players on the court at the time this happened should have stood up and said ” You’re out of here Lowry because we don’t allow women to be abused in any manner in our house . ” Apparently that did’nt happen . Women are not punching bags and are not subject to physical abuse because of a game . PERIOD !

    ” This is an utter joke , Kyle don’t sweat it we all know this is nonsense . ” Where’s the men in the house ? Let’s substitute the lady ref for your grandma , mom , sister , wife or daughter and let’s see where your priorities are ? Justice was served . Just ask Kyle Lowry . He’d be the first to tell you he was wrong .

    • keyshawn22 - Feb 2, 2012 at 8:36 PM

      I agree that what he did was wrong nobody is claiming it wasnt. All I am saying is that throwing a ball at someone is not a crime where the legal system of the usa needs to be wasting everyones time and money on. This woman is a professional referee. Lowry acted like a punk threw a ball at her. Should he get suspended and def would have if it were an nba game, yes, but a crime no way.

      • skids003 - Feb 3, 2012 at 7:38 AM

        What if he had thrown a rock at her, or even something more dangerous(btw, a basketball can hurt you pretty bad if it hits you thrown by a grown man), and where is the “respect for authority?” I think he got off lightly, because, frankly, if I’m reffing and someone throws a ball at me like that, he’s gonna serve some time in my state.

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