Former NBA Player and Phoenix Suns star Amar’e Stoudemire was arrested and is facing a misdemeanor battery charge after he allegedly hit one of his teenage daughters in the face.
Miami-Dade County court records show that Stoudemire, 40, was arrested early Sunday and released on $1,500 bond with a no-contact order issued.
Citing a police report, The Miami Herald, details that Stoudemire struck one of his two teenage daughters during an argument at his Miami home Saturday evening. Stoudemire has two daughters, ages 17 and 14, however the report did not specify which daughter he allegedly struck.
According to the report, Stoudemire confronted his daughter and accused her of being disrespectful to his mother, the child’s grandmother. When the teenager denied it, he told her “You’re talking back again,” and allegedly punched her in the jaw, leaving her bleeding.
The girl called her mother, Stoudemire’s ex-wife, who arrived at the home and picked up the two girls and their two brothers. She then called the police.
When officers arrived to the scene, Stoudemire informed them the teen had called her mother “because she was sad” and she “was sad because she received a whooping from him for being disrespectful and a liar.” He then invoked his right to remain silent.
During Stoudemire NBA career, he made six All-Star teams. He played 15 seasons in the NBA, winning the Rookie of the Year award after the 2002-03 season after being drafted by the Suns. After eight seasons with Phoenix, he was traded to New York, where he played five years. Later he played for the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat. He retired in 2017.