Ex-Player Pleads Not Guilty To Battery & Felony Robbery Charges After Fracas With Landlord
Former NBA star Ben Gordon says he’s not responsible in a case where his landlord accused him robbing, pummeling and threatening him over his security deposit before pulling a knife.
That’s according to an attorney for the former Orlando Magic player, who pled not guilty on behalf of 34-year-old Gordon during a hearing at L.A. City Court Feb. 21, a rep from the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office confirmed to BOSSIP.
Cops arrested Gordon shortly after Thanksgiving last year, alleging that he ran down on his former landlord and demanded his security deposit back. When the landlord refused, cops said Gordon punched him in the face and the scared landlord agreed to give him some of the money back. But Gordon later returned to the alleged scene of the crime, this time armed with a knife, according to police.
He was charged with one count of misdemeanor battery, one count of brandishing a weapon, one count of making a criminal threat, and one count of carrying a knife or dagger in plain view, according to court records.
Gordon – who made some $80 million during his tenure in the NBA – is due back in court next month on the matter, as well as a separate case where cops said he freaked out and pulled several fire alarms in his building when he got locked out of his apartment. He was charged with four misdemeanors, including falsely pulling fire alarms and resisting/delaying a police officer, and has pled not guilty to those charges as well.
It’s been tough past year for the Gordon, the number three overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. Last October, Gordon was hospitalized for a psychiatric evaluation after a gal pal accused him of holding her against her will at knifepoint in his Mount Vernon, N.Y. gym.