Skip to main content
Main content
NBA news

Free agent Gibson faces battery charge


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.

SEARCH NEWS
LATEST VIDEOS
photoGameTime: Happy 80th Birthday Elgin Baylor
The NBA TV family wishes NBA legend Elgin Baylor a happy 80th birthday.
photoGameTime: Smitty's Top 5 Guys Under the Radar
Steve Smith gives his top 5 guys under the radar from the 2014 FIBA Word Cup.
photoGameTime: Best Offseason Moves
The guys talk about the best offseason moves so far this summer.
photoGameTime: Future for the Hawks
The GameTime crew discusses the situation in Atlanta and the future of the Hawks.
photoUSAB Men wins the Gold Medal
A look back at the USA Basketball Men's Team's journey through the 2014 FIBA World Cup, culminating with its gold medal performance against Serbia.