Posted Jul 29, 2013 6:59 PM - Updated Jul 29, 2013 9:43 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Unrestricted NBA free agent Daniel Gibson surrendered to police Monday to face a second-degree battery charge.
Gibson is accused of breaking another man's jaw with a punch during an argument at a nightclub on July 8, New Orleans Police spokeswoman Remi Braden said. Gibson's wife, Keyshia Cole, sang at the Essence Festival on July 6.
Online court records show he was released on $20,000 bond.
Gibson said he was protecting his family when the fight occurred at a club where he and Cole had gone to celebrate while in New Orleans.
"It was toward the end of the night," Gibson said. "We encountered a couple of people and I don't know what their motives or intentions were but they came off the wrong way. This guy got real aggressive toward my wife and myself and I did what I felt was necessary to handle the situation."
Gibson said the man said "something" to his wife but wouldn't go into details. "He was very disrespectful toward my wife," he said.
Braden said Gibson's accuser is from St. Rose, about 25 miles from New Orleans. She did not identify him.
Gibson played seven years for the Cleveland Cavaliers but was out with injuries much of last season. He said he turned himself in because, "I felt like I had nothing to hide."
Gibson said he has been in contact with a few teams throughout this summer.
"Then something like this happens and all they (teams) see is that it looks as though I'm out there doing crazy things and I wasn't raised that way. There are a lot of accusations being made and I just want to protect my family and everything I've worked so hard for."
Gibson said no court date has been set.
|GameTime: Dick Bavetta Retiring|
Legendary NBA referee Dick Bavetta retires after 39-years of service in the league.
|GameTime: New Day in L.A.|
NBA TV's Brent Barry sat down with Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, Doc Rivers, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin on Clippers Rally day.
|GameTime: NBA Ice Bucket Challenge|
NBA commissioner Adam Silver, Kevin Durant and Shaquille O'Neal are the latest members of the NBA family to take the ice bucket challenge for ALS.
|GameTime: Team USA|
Rick Fox and Vince Cellini talk about the latest news surrounding team USA.
|Steve Ballmer and Doc Rivers Interview|
Clippers new owner Steve Ballmer and head coach Doc Rivers talk with Brent Barry about the new era in L.A.