Mavericks G Tony Dumas has been acquitted of misdemeanor charges that he punched his pregnant girlfriend and dragged her across a roadside during an argument last spring.
Dumas, 24, could have faced up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine if convicted in the alleged April 26 assault on Georgia Foy.
Jurors in Judge Marshall Gandy's court reached their verdict Wednesday in Dallas after closing arguments in which Dumas's lawyers said Foy, 27, filed a false police report to gain leverage in several civil claims she made against their client.
Foy told police that while she and Dumas were heading down the freeway in her car with Dumas at the wheel, Dumas struck her repeatedly in the face and stomach as he slowed to a stop. But in her trial testimony, she told jurors that she and Dumas were arguing and that she began to hit and kick him. HURTING: The Mavericks said G Jason Kidd will miss all three games of the team's West Coast road trip with shoulder and neck injuries. . . . The Spurs placed F Charles Smith on the injured list. He has arthritis in his right knee. . . . An MRI on the bruised right knee of Nets F Jayson Williams was negative. Williams, the NBA's leading rebounder, is day-to-day pending an examination today.