Former NBA player Ben Gordon released on bail after weekend arrest

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Former NBA guard Ben Gordon was released on $50,000 bail early Tuesday after spending the weekend in jail in Los Angeles on a felony robbery charge, the latest in a recent string of troubling incidents.

Gordon, 34, was accused of punching the manager of a downtown apartment complex where he is renting, pulling a knife on the man and taking money that Gordon said was his security deposit.

The arrest occurred on Saturday.His agent, Raymond Brothers, declined to comment.

On Nov. 20, Gordon was arrested in Manhattan for driving with a forged license plate. He was given a ticket and a court date to settle that matter.

In late October, he was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation after an incident with a woman in a store he owns in Mount Vernon, New York. Police summoned by the woman found Gordon locked in the bathroom of the store. The woman told police that they had gotten into an argument and he had become physical, throwing and destroying things and then locking her in the store. The store, Of Our Own, is a center for sports rehabilitation and recovery.

In June, Gordon was arrested in Los Angeles for pulling fire alarms at his apartment building when there was no indication of a fire.

Gordon was the No. 3 pick in the 2004 draft out of UConn, which won the NCAA title that year.

Jim Calhoun, Gordon's coach while at UConn, said he talked to Gordon's mom Tuesday night.

"He's always been a great kid, but he's going through a difficult time in his life," Calhoun told The Associated Press. "I know his mom and the rest of his family is supportive of him getting back in the direction we all know Ben Gordon can go."

Gordon won the Sixth Man Award in 2005 as a rookie with the Chicago Bulls.

During an 11-year NBA career, Gordon played for the Bulls, Detroit Pistons, Charlotte Bobcats and Orlando Magic, averaging 14.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. He last played in the NBA during the 2014-15 season, for Orlando.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.