Less than a day after his Los Angeles Lakers earned a dominant victory over the Denver Nuggets in their opening round playoff game, backup forward Jordan Hill now finds himself embroiled in a very unfortunate legal predicament.
According to TMZ, Hill stands accused of choking a family member on Feb. 29 of this year – back when he was still a member of the Houston Rockets. On March 15, the Rockets shipped him off to L.A. in a high-profile deal that featured Lakers legend, Derek Fisher. Hill now faces a sentence of up to 10 years if he is convicted on all charges.
Apparently, Hill was as shocked as anyone when reports of the charges came across the wire. Here is what he posted on his Twitter account as TMZ published its report:
Wowwwww— Jordan Craig Hill (@jordanchill43) April 30, 2012
Unbelievable!!!!!!!!— Jordan Craig Hill (@jordanchill43) April 30, 2012
Hill put up 10 points and 10 rebounds in 24 minutes of action this past Sunday.
One other interesting, sort of related note on this:
Kwame Brown, Derrick Caracter, and Jordan Hill were all Lakers charged with crimes during the playoffs.— Andrew Ungvari (@DrewUnga) April 30, 2012
Update: Not family member, girlfriend. Via ABC:
According to court documents, his girlfriend told police that Hill, who now plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, assaulted her and choked her, causing bruising to her body and restricted her breathing on February 29, when he still played for the Rockets. He was traded to LA on March 15.
Hill's girlfriend says she flew into Houston from Florida to see him and they got into an argument while discussing their future. During the argument, she says she threw his cell phones to the floor. She told police that Hill then punched her in the legs, grabbed her, pulled her off the couch and dragged her to where the phones were, and threw her against the wall.