Former NBA player Amari Stoudemire was arrested early Sunday in a domestic violence incident involving his daughter, according to court documents.
Stoudemire, 40, was arrested just after 1 a.m. Sunday at his Miami unit and booked into the Miami-Dade County Jail on a misdemeanor battery charge. Authorities alleged he punched and slapped his unnamed daughter, according to an arrest certificate and an online prison record that was available earlier Sunday.
In a statement posted on his website Instagram The account, the former player who extended his playing career in Israel, has vehemently denied the allegations. He noted that the case was based on inaccuracies contained in that statement, and indicated that such behavior would not be consistent with his Jewish faith.
“As the investigation begins, the facts will emerge that the allegations are unfounded, as my daughter’s health condition is not the result of her being assaulted by a father who was seven feet tall and weighed nearly 250 pounds,” he said.
“I could not see myself abusing anyone, especially my children,” he added.
Stoudemire — who was listed in the arrest affidavit as being 6-foot-10 and 255 pounds — allegedly ran to his daughter’s room and “asked her why she acted” after her grandmother apparently called her name and responded with, “What?”
The daughter allegedly told Stoudemire she had no position, and the document alleges he responded with “You’re talking back” before punching her in the jaw and slapping her across the face and body, causing a bloody nose.
Police said they “noted bloodstains” on the victims’ jacket and trousers and that the daughter’s mother had shown them a picture she had received of her daughter crying with blood running down her face. The mother allegedly told police that Stoudemire “asked her to come and collect the victim because she was being disrespectful.”
When the police arrived, Stoudemire said his daughter was heartbroken “because she was yelled at by him for being disrespectful and a liar,” according to the arrest report. When the police asked Stoudemire to explain more, he invoked his right to remain silent, she says.
By Sunday noon EST, an online prison log showed Stoudemire had put up a $1,500 bond but appeared to still be in custody. By 4 p.m., Stoudemire was no longer listed for booking on the site.
Stoudemire is a six-time NBA All-Star game A power forward and center for the Phoenix Suns, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks.
in Stoudemire The penultimate one on Instagram Saturday celebrated his graduation Friday from the University of Miami where he received his master’s degree in business administration.
“The greatest man is not in the amount of wealth he acquires, but in his willingness to learn, integrity, and ability to influence those around him,” he wrote in the caption.
The university also featured Stoudemire in a Posted in his abstract Friday congratulations graduates.
A university spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.