Former NBA player Ben Gordon was arrested on Monday after he allegedly hit his 10-year-old son.
The 39-year-old, who is best known for his time with the Chicago Bulls, was arrested around 3 a.m. at LaGuardia Airport in New York City. He was on his way to Chicago. Police say that multiple people saw Gordon hit his son, and two officers were hurt when they tried to arrest the former shooting guard.
Police sources told the outlet that his son’s aunt took him to Jewish Children’s Hospital, where he is being evaluated. Gordon has been accused of assault, disobeying a lawful order, and trying to get away from the police.
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Gordon played in the NBA for 11 years before he quit in 2017. He was a star player for the Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons, Charlotte Bobcats, and Orlando Magic, among others. In 2005, he was named NBA Sixth Man of the Year.
In February 2020, Gordon wrote an article for The Players’ Tribune about mental health in which he said that he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, this is a brain disorder that causes extreme changes in mood and energy levels.
Before that, the athlete from London had a few run-ins with the law.
USA Today said that he was arrested in June 2017 for pulling fire alarms in his Los Angeles apartment building and then put on probation. The Journal News said that in October, police took Gordon to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation after he and a female customer at a sports rehab centre he owns got into an argument.
Then, in November 2017, Gordon was arrested for allegedly punching the manager of the building where he lived in Los Angeles, pulling a knife on the man, and stealing his security deposit, ESPN said. The New York Daily News said that in the same month, he was pulled over in Harlem for driving his SUV with fake Florida licence plates. The weapons charges were later dropped by a judge.