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League to monitor Raymond Felton situation, no plans for action yet

Feb 25, 2014, 3:58 PM EST

Raymond Felton AP

Innocent until proven guilty.

The NBA is very protective of its image and one of the things former commissioner David Stern worked hard to overcome was the image of an NBA overrun with thugs. So the story that Knicks point guard Raymond Felton has been arrested in New York for possessing a loaded gun without a license, allegedly waiving said handgun at his estranged wife during a Valentine’s Day fight, reports the New York Daily News.

Knicks guard Raymond Felton waved an unregistered pistol at his estranged wife during a Valentine’s Day spat in their tony West Side apartment, police sources said Tuesday… The lovers quarrel came 11 days before Felton’s arrest on felony weapons charges for keeping the imported gun with its armor-piercing ammo at his bedside, sources told the Daily News….

The unregistered Belgian-made model FN Five-seveN, usually kept in a bag in the couple’s bedroom, was filled with armor-piercing bullets, a source told the Daily News.

That is not going to sit well at the league office (or across Manhattan at the New York Knicks offices, for that matter).

However, it doesn’t mean the league is going to react immediately, they will let the legal situation play out. Something Howard Beck of Bleacher Report got the league to say.

The NBA could end up suspending Felton, but not until he pleads or is found guilty.

The league only jumped in on the Gilbert Arenas situation in advance of the courts when he started doing finger guns at games, essentially making light of the situation.

It will take time for Felton’s case to play out, but New York City has some of the most strict gun laws in the nation and Felton is facing felony charges.

  1. jimeejohnson - Feb 25, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Drones.

  2. 5xchamp24 - Feb 25, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    The only thing thats hard about being in the NBA is that you need to work out, and keep improving your skills, offensively and defensively. If I were in the NBA, I would come to practice, meetings, shoot arounds, and games on time. I would even wear a tuxedo to the games if they demanded it. If Felton did what they say he did, then he should be banned. Athletes just dont know how blessed they are to PLAY for a living.

  3. shanelsweet - Feb 25, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Domestic situations are tough to sort out. This will probably just go away after a bit. Unless, of course, a video showing him with the gun on the girl turns up or he admits to it.

  4. seanb20124 - Feb 25, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Incognito is the bully and he gets suspended

  5. adoombray - Feb 25, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    David Stern never “chased thugs out of the league”, he forced players to change their personal fashion to suit rich white season ticket holders who were uncomfortable with their product sagging their pants a little bit. That’s why they all dress like Urkel and cheesy 80′s fashion now. That’s why the shoes are some of the ugliest ever.

    NBA players aren’t even thugs, they’re very wealthy athletes. Richard Sherman was 100% right about that word.

  6. mackcarrington - Feb 25, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Not only did he point the gun at her, it wasn’t even registered.
    That was the main thing that did Plaxico in.
    Just register the damn gun.

  7. mackcarrington - Feb 25, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Nothing says “I love you, baby” more than chocolate covered strawberries and a gun in your face.

  8. jhuck92 - Feb 25, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    As if the Knicks needed any more drama after ‘Melo’s “pointless” 40 point games

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