Fresh off the distraction of Metta World Peace’s suspension, the Los Angeles Lakers are now dealing with forward Jordan Hill’s charge of third-degree felony assault for an alleged February altercation with his girlfriend in Houston.
Jordan faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. He had a court date today in Texas, but did not have to appear and will be in uniform tonight when the Lakers take on the Denver Nuggets in Game 2 of their first-round series.
“I’d like to apologize to the Lakers organization and to all of their fans for the un-timeliness of these accusations,” Hill said in a release. “I promise to keep my focus and attention on the playoffs during this time and to helping my team win another championship.”
It is alleged that Hill began shoving and choking 28-year-old Darlene Luna during an altercation at Hill’s apartment. Luna claims that Hill hit her in the legs and threw her against a wall and then put her in a chokehold.
Hill’s role with the Lakers increased with strong play and the absence of World Peace, who is serving a seven-game suspension for elbowing James Harden, causing a concussion.