Former six-time NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire was arrested this weekend for allegedly striking one of his daughters at his Miami condo.
According to arrest records obtained by The Miami Herald, Stoudemire allegedly punched and slapped his daughter as a domestic dispute occurred involving the girl’s grandmother. The retired basketball player posted to his official Twitter account later Sunday night as news began to break to provide his account of the situation.
“Over the last 24 hours, an incident at my family home led to my being charged with assaulting my daughter,” Stoudemire wrote. “It is an allegation based on a report that does not square with the facts. I am of the Jewish faith, today Jewish people all over the world celebrate Hanukkah and hear the story of how we fought wickedness.”
“I believe that ‘whatever is hateful to you, do not do to others.’ As the investigation unfolds, the facts will show the allegations be groundless as my daughter’s medication condition is not the result of being assaulted by a father who is nearly 7 feet tall and weights 250 pounds,” he continued.
“I could never see myself assaulting any person, especially my children. I respect, protect, and love my family, particularly my children,” he said.
Stoudemire concluded, “As a father, I ask for your grace as we secure our space and privacy.”
Stoudemire’s daughter claims that her father stormed into the room and yelled at her after she disrespectfully responded to a request by her grandmother. She claims Stoudemire interrogated her and asked why she was giving “attitude” to her grandmother.
Her tale of the events then claims that after Stoudemire accused her of “talking back again” he proceeded to punch and slap her face. The police say that the former All-Star informed them that the daughter called her mother to pick her up because she “received a whooping from him for being disrespectful and a liar.”
The arrest report states that blood stains were visible on the daughter’s clothes, and that “the mother of the victim showed me the photo she received from her daughter, which shows the victim crying and blood running down her face.”
Court records showed that Stoudemire was later released from Miami-Date Corrections after posting $1,500 bond. As of now there is a stay away order between Stoudemire and his daughter.
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