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Raymond Felton released on bail, expected to play vs. Heat Thursday

Feb 25, 2014, 9:50 PM EDT

Raymond Felton AP

Raymond Felton is a free man after a night in a New York City jail.

The Knicks point guard — struggling on the court and off this season — turned himself in hours after the latest Knicks loss at Madison Square Garden on a series of felony gun charges. Felton allegedly waived around a non-registered hand gun loaded with armor-piercing bullets during an argument with his estranged wife this past Valentine’s Day. It was his wife’s attorney that turned the gun into police.

After a night in a New York jail Felton has been arraigned and is now free on bail, reports the New York Times.

At 12:50 a.m., Felton turned himself in at the same station house and remained in police custody for the next 18 hours as he awaited arraignment in Manhattan criminal court. At 5:40 p.m., Felton appeared before Judge Diana Boyar to answer charges of one count of criminal possession of a firearm and one count of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree. The top charge carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison…

Boyar issued a six-month order of protection for Felton’s wife, sternly warning Felton that “you can have no contact whatsoever.” Felton said nothing during the proceedings. His lawyer, Jim Walden, said Felton had “no interest in having contact” with his wife. Moments later, Felton walked out of court after posting a $25,000 bond.

Felton is due back in court June 2, which will be after the end of the Knicks season.

It could have been worse — police originally suggested Felton be charged with using the weapon in a threatening manner, and that would have been a second felony charge.

It is criminal possession of the firearm because it is not registered to Felton.

The Knicks next game is Thursday night in Miami. Felton is expected to practice with the Knicks Wednesday and travel to Miami and play on Thursday, according to the New York Post.

  1. floridascuba1 - Feb 25, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Plexlio buress did jail time flashing a weapon. Felton will too.

    • chicagosports2014 - Feb 25, 2014 at 11:46 PM

      Problems at home is probably why his game been lacking.

    • turnmymicup - Feb 26, 2014 at 9:35 AM

      Burress shot himself in the leg with a loaded gun while in a night club. Big difference.

  2. seattlesuperchronic - Feb 25, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    floridascuba1

    He did a little more than just flash his gun. His muzzle flashed as he buried a bullet from a Glock into his own leg.

  3. nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Feb 25, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    It wouldn’t shock me if the Knicks actually play him. He is going to cause negative attention for the rest of the season and he is going to be mocked by rival teams fans. I can only imagine the chants we are going to hear. Keep him away from the team would be the most sane thing to do but this is the Knicks and I fully expect him to play on Thursday.

  4. fnc111 - Feb 26, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    Looks like he is just your normal average guy. Who doesn’t want to shoot their wife?

    • abchome - Feb 26, 2014 at 1:14 AM

      But Felton can’t shoot though.

      • turnmymicup - Feb 26, 2014 at 9:37 AM

        Definitely would miss lol

    • jolink653 - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:03 AM

      I’m surprised his wife didn’t just attack him. With the way he defends, she would have knocked him out and put up 30+ points and 10 assists in the process

    • florida727 - Feb 26, 2014 at 12:49 PM

      Reminds me of the Bill Buckner joke. Tried to kill himself by jumping in front of a bus but was unsuccessful… it went between his legs :)

      Glad to see Felton out though. Wouldn’t want a little thing like a FELONY getting in the way of an NBA game.

  5. therooneyskilledwebster - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    He was supposed to leave the gun and take the cannoli.

    • nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Feb 26, 2014 at 1:23 PM

      He left because he was offered the cannoli

  6. riggz91 - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    Just curious if anyone knows…. The gun isn’t registered to him and he didn’t get caught with it, so how can they prove it was his gun, assuming there wasn’t a record of him purchasing it. Can’t he say it was her gun? He didn’t get caught with it so really he could just say he has never seen that gun, his word against hers no?

  7. pete2112 - Feb 26, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    I’m pretty sick of hearing stories like this. You would think eventually you would learn.

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