New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton faces multiple felony weapons charges after his arrest early Tuesday morning on New York’s Upper West Side.
Felton, a police department spokesman told ESPN New York, was charged with second- and third-degree criminal possession of a firearm and fourth-degree possession of a firearm. The first two are felonies, the third a misdemeanor. The charges stem from an incident in which Felton allegedly pointed a gun at a woman who is believed to be his girlfriend, according to the New York Post. Felton surrendered, according to the Daily News, after Ariane Raymondo-Felton, his 26-year-old estranged wife, brought a Belgian pistol (an FNH 5.7×28 mm.) to the police, the Daily News reported.
Felton, 29, and his wife of 19 months have begun divorce proceedings, the New York Daily News reported last week.
“It’s your life,” Felton said. “When you’re going through certain things in life it’s on your mind, no matter what. You try not to let it come into your job, into your workplace, but sometimes it does. You’re human and it’s a part of life. But at the same time, it is what it is. That’s my personal life, though; I don’t want to discuss that part.”
Felton, who turned himself in at 12:50 a.m., is expected to appear in criminal court later Tuesday morning. The arrest came hours of after the Knicks’ 110-108 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Dirk Nowitzki’s 19-foot buzzer-beater. Felton had eight points and seven assists in 34 minutes.
New York, as the former Giants’ wide receiver Plaxico Burress found out, has stringent gun-control laws. In 2009, he was sentenced to two years in prison after accepting a plea deal on a firearm charge following an incident in which he suffered a gunshot wound to his thigh when his gun went off in a Manhattan nightclub.