May 1st, 2012
03:58 AM ET

Lakers' Jordan Hill charged with felony as team competes in playoffs

As the Los Angeles Lakers take to the court Tuesday for Game 2 of the NBA playoffs, a key question is whether the team's forward Jordan Hill will square off against the Denver Nuggets.

Authorities in Texas have charged Hill, 24, with assaulting a family member, a felony that could yield up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 if he is convicted.

Donna Hawkins, the assistant district attorney in Harris County, said Monday an arrest warrant for Hill will be issued once the magistrate has signed the paperwork - unless the player turns himself in first.

After a lengthy training session Monday, Hill issued a statement apologizing to fans "for the untimeliness of these accusations."

Hill, who scored 10 points and 10 rebounds in the Lakers' 103-88 win over the Nuggets on Sunday, told reporters he did not expect to miss any games.

"I'll be here," he said.

The charge stems from an incident on February 29 when Hill allegedly choked his girlfriend of two years at his home in Houston after the two got into an argument about their "future," authorities said.

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  1. mickey1313

    Boycot the nba. There refs have been outed as game fixers, there players are criminals, can anyone say kobe, they are a disgrace

    May 1, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy ©

    He should be apologizing to his GF, not the fans.
    She also needs a RO and stay the heck away from this "man".

    May 1, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Hot Water

    @mickey1313 you call them criminals? Why?because they make more money in one game than you make in a life time. If that is a crime then book me.

    May 1, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    The scarecrow went to Oz seeking a brain. Oh, where, oh where, did my little dog go?

    May 1, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |