Bucks' Robinson faces domestic violence charges
CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Illinois (Court TV) -- Milwaukee Bucks star Glenn Robinson is the latest NBA player to be accused of domestic violence.
Robinson, 29, was arrested July 20 for domestic battery, assault and illegal possession of a firearm. He was released on $5,000 bond after an appearance in Cook County Circuit Court.
Police said Robinson was drunk when he went to his ex-fiancee's home and demanded to see their daughter. Jonta French initially refused to let him in but opened the back door when Robinson became angry. Robinson allegedly hit French several times in the thigh and hip. He asked for a gun that, according to the criminal complaint, was left in French's house a week earlier. French told him it was in a bedroom and fled the house when Robinson released her. Robinson then chased French outside before being apprehended.
Robinson was ordered not to have contact with French, but is allowed to attend his basketball camp for underprivileged children and travel for business.
He is scheduled to return to court on August 19 for a preliminary hearing. He faces up to a year in prison if convicted.
Robinson's arrest followed that of Philadelphia 76ers star Allen Iverson on numerous charges stemming from a fight with his wife.
Robinson has averaged 21.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game for his career. Robinson, a two-time All-Star, has been the subject of trade talks this off-season.
Former Jazz center gets probation for golf course incident
HOLLADAY, Utah -- Former Utah Jazz center Olden Polynice has been sentenced to probation for a year and community service for a scuffle on a golf course.
A jury convicted Polynice June 19 of misdemeanor assault charges. Polynice was accused of hitting Tyler Swensen, 21, whose errant golf shot had struck Polynice in the arm on July 23, 2001.
During the trial, Swensen testified that Polynice pushed him, punched him in the face and kidney and spit in his eye when Swensen and a friend tried to apologize for the incident. Swensen said he did not try to defend himself and his friends did not try to help him. Polynice said he acted in self-defense, claiming he felt threatened because there were four men in Swensen's group.
Polynice said he intends to appeal the conviction.
Polynice averaged 7.8 points per game during a 14-year career. He opted out of a $2.4 million contract with the Jazz after the 2001 season and still hopes to join another team.
Teen soccer player accused of raping elderly woman
PALO ALTO, California -- A recent high school graduate and soccer player has been accused of raping a 94-year-old woman in a senior citizens home earlier this year.
Jorge Eduardo Hernandez, 18, was arrested July 18 on rape, sodomy and burglary charges. He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.
Hernandez was arrested after police traced a ring found at the crime scene to Hernandez's older brother, who told police it had been missing for about a year. Police then searched the men's home and found evidence that pointed to the younger Hernandez.
On July 16, police took blood and other samples from Hernandez for DNA testing. Authorities said that Hernandez made some admissions during an interview that led to his arrest.
Hernandez, who moved with his family to California from Guatemala in 1995, was working as a men's clothing salesman at the time of his arrest. He was playing soccer for local club teams and had traveled across the country, returning from a trip just days before his arrest. Hernandez planned on attending a two-year college in the fall and later transferring to a larger school with a strong soccer program.
If convicted, Hernandez faces a possible life sentence.
Orioles pitcher arrested on assault charges
BALTIMORE, Maryland -- Baltimore Orioles pitcher Scott Erickson was arrested Monday following a domestic dispute with his girlfriend.
Erickson, 34, was charged with second-degree assault following the altercation with Lisa Ortiz, who had allegedly accused him of cheating on her.
Police said they arrived at Erickson's apartment and found Ortiz, "curled up in a ball shape form crying," according to the police report.
After accusing Erickson of cheating on her, Ortiz began throwing things around the apartment and Erickson asked her to leave, police said. He forced her into the hallway and threw her to the ground when she tried to get back in. He then allegedly pulled her by the hair into the elevator and sent her to the lobby. Ortiz rode the elevator back up to the apartment. Erickson claims she bit him when he tried to calm her down. He then sent her back down to the lobby.
A court hearing has been scheduled for September 6.
Erickson has been with the Orioles since 1995. He made the opening day start this season after missing last season due to elbow surgery. He is 4-9 this year with a 4.25 earned run average.
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