Former NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire Arrested, Accused Of Beating His Daughter
Former 14-year NBA veteran Amar’e Stoudemire was arrested on Sunday and charged with battery and a count related to domestic violence for allegedly beating one of his teenage daughters. It is unclear which one filed the police report. His daughters are 14 and 17, according to TMZ, which first reported the arrest.
Stoudemire allegedly struck one of his two teenage daughters with a closed fist and struck the girl again with a slap, according to a police report. His daughter allegedly was bloodied and she told police that Stoudemire allegedly continued to hit her body after he punched her in the face, according to the report.
Stoudemire denied the allegations.
“As the investigation unfolds, the facts will show the allegations to be groundless as my daughter’s medical condition is not the result of being assaulted by a father who is nearly 7 feet tall and weighs 250 pounds,” Stoudemire said in part of a statement on his Instagram page. “I could never see myself assaulting any person, especially my children. I respect, protect, and love my family, particularly my children.”
The daughter reportedly called her mother, Alexis, which then led to a 9-1-1 call and the arrest of the former NBA player, according to TMZ.
On Sunday, Stoudemire was booked on one count of misdemeanor battery and one count of domestic violence in Miami. He was reportedly later released from custody as of Sunday morning.
TMZ reports that Stoudemire was allegedly disciplining his daughter after she copped an attitude with Stoudemire’s mother.
Stoudemire was the ninth overall pick out of high school in the 2002 draft by the Phoenix Suns. He spent eight seasons with the Suns, five seasons with the New York Knicks, half a season with the Dallas Mavericks and his last season with the Miami Heat. He was a six-time all-star, was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2003 and was first-team all-NBA in 2007. Following his 14 years in the NBA, he played for four years in Israel, winning two championships in the Israeli Basketball Premier League. He then officially retired from basketball in 2020.
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