Daniel Gibson turns himself in on battery charge
Daniel Gibson, who has played seven seasons for the Cleveland Cavaliers, turned himself in Monday morning on second-degree battery charges, New Orleans Police Department spokesman Garry G. Flot said.
Gibson, now a free agent, is accused of punching a man in a New Orleans club at 5:15 a.m. CT on July 8 and breaking his lower jaw bone, Flot said, adding the altercation was provoked by a verbal exchange.
Gibson was released on bond from the 8th District NOPD station, which he went to with his attorney. TV station WDSU in New Orleans first reported Gibson turning himself in.
He released a statement to TMZ.com: "Earlier this month during the Essence Music Festival, I was involved in an incident with other individuals while I was out with my wife. ... It's unfortunate that some see opportunity in taking advantage of people who work hard for what they have achieved. ... Once all the facts of the incident come out, I expect to be fully vindicated."
Gibson, 27, is married to singer Keyshia Cole, who performed at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans on July 6.
The Houston native has played 397 NBA games, all for the Cavaliers. He was a rookie for the Cavaliers during their 2007 NBA Finals run, spearheaded by LeBron James. Cleveland signed Jarrett Jack to a four-year deal to be point guard Kyrie Irving's backup this offseason, but The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported the team still was considering keeping Gibson.
The point guard is known as a three-point specialist but is coming off his worse season. He averaged 5.4 points over 46 games and shot career-worsts 34.0% from the field and 34.4% on threes last season.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)