• Pacers rookie Stephenson arrested in New York

    August 16, 2010 No comments

    Indiana Pacers President Larry Bird has spent the last few years trying to shed the negative image the Pacers have had with player run-in’s with the law. But this morning he finds that that light once again shines on Indiana as the Pacers second round pick Lance Stephenson was arrested and charged with third-degree assault after he allegedly pushed his girlfriend down a flight of stairs in Brooklyn, N.Y., early Sunday.

    The run-in isn’t the first for Stephenson as he had been charged with sexual abuse for allegedly groping a girl at a bus stop near his high school in New York his senior year. The charge was dismissed and he ended up pleading to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct.

    After an impressive showing in the Orlando summer league, the Pacers decided to sign Stephenson to a guaranteed contract, even though they weren’t obliged to with a second-round pick. He received a two-year contract with an option on the third and fourth years.

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