Knicks’ Raymond Felton Arrested on Felony Gun Charges
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton was arrested Tuesday on three counts of criminal possession of a weapon, police said.
Felton turned himself in at 12:50 a.m., shortly after the Knicks lost to the Dallas Mavericks at home, police spokesman Sgt. Thomas Antonetti said.
Felton was expected to be arraigned later Tuesday on charges of criminal possession of a weapon in the second, third and fourth degrees.
Police said the charges don’t stem from Felton using the firearm in a menacing manner but from possessing an unregistered gun.
A Knicks spokesman did not immediately return a phone call. It was not clear if Felton had an attorney.
Felton had eight points and seven assists Monday in the Knicks’ 110-108 loss to Dallas. The Knicks brought the point guard back for a second stint in New York in July 2012, opting to let Jeremy Lin leave, and Felton helped the Knicks win the Atlantic Division last year.
But he has had a disappointing season, averaging 10.4 points and shooting 40 percent while missing 16 games with a series of injuries. He has been frequently criticized by fans as the Knicks have fallen to 21-36.
Felton is not the first pro athlete to run afoul of New York’s strict gun laws. Then New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress was arrested in 2008 after accidentally shooting himself in a Manhattan nightclub. He served two years in prison.
Fighter Robert Guerrero was arrested at John F. Kennedy Airport last year after he presented a locked gun box containing an unloaded handgun during check-in. He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was ordered to pay a $250 fine and complete 50 hours of community service.