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Former Knicks Player Amar'e Stoudemire Denies Allegation He Punched Teen Daughter After Being Charged With Battery
Amar'e Stoudemire, 40, denies that he allegedly punched his daughter in the jaw and then slapped her repeatedly for acting "disrespectful" to her grandmother at his Miami condo, according to a police report.
Former Knicks power forward Amar'e Stoudemire is facing a misdemeanor battery charge after allegedly punching one of his daughters in her jaw at his Miami condo on Sunday.
Stoudemire, 40, was booked at 4:09 a.m. and was released after posting a $1,500 bond, according to Miami-Dade Corrections Department records.
"I observed blood stains on the victim's sweater and sweatpants," read the arrest record, according to The Miami Herald. "The mother of the victim showed me the photo she received from her daughter, which shows the victim crying and blood running down her face."
The arrest report doesn't specify whether the victim was his 17-year-old or 14-year-old daughter; it does say, however, that the victim told police that the former NBA player punched her in the jaw and slapped her hard enough to draw blood.
Stoudemire, who has publicly denied the allegations, reportedly told police that his daughter "received a whooping from him for being disrespectful and a liar," according to the arrest record.
Alexis Stoudemire, the basketballer's ex-wife, reportedly went to her former husband's home at Carbonnell Brickell, 901 Brickell Key Boulevard after the victimized daughter made a "plea for help."
Stoudemire told his ex to pick up her daughter and their two male children because the girl was "giving attitude" to her grandmother and being "disrespectful." The 6-foot, 255-pound father also told his ex-wife that he "continued slapping her" after an initial punch, according to the report.
The daughter told responding police that, around 8 p.m., her grandmother called her name. After she responded "What?" she said Stoudemire "rushed inside her room and asked why she was giving attitude." When she denied having a negative tone, she told police, her father told her she was "talking back again" and punched her along the right side of her jaw. Then, she told police, her father slapped her face "and continued slapping her on the left side of her body."
Stoudemire reportedly invoked his right to remain silent when police arrived at his residence. A stay-away order of protection was issued on the victim's behalf.
On Sunday evening, hours after his arrest, Stoudemire took to Twitter and Instagram to deny any wrongdoing:
“Over the last 24 hours, an incident at my family home led to my being charged with assaulting my daughter. It is an allegation based on a report that does not square with the facts," he wrote on his social media accounts.
"As the investigation unfolds, the facts will show the allegations to be groundless as my daughter’s medical condition is not the result of being assaulted by a father who is nearly 7 feet tall and weighs 250 pounds. I could never see myself assaulting any person, especially my children," he continued. "I respect, protect and love my family, particularly my children."
Stoudemire graduated with an MBA from the University of Miami the day before the alleged attack, with the Knicks posting a congratulatory tweet featuring a photo of the former player in his cap and gown on their account.
The former basketballer was drafted from Orland Cypress Creek High School to the Phoenix Suns in 2002, earning the NBA's Rookie of the Year title in 2002-03. He signed with the New York Knicks in 2010 and finished the 2014-15 season with the Dallas Mavericks after the Knicks released him. He rounded out his NBA career with the Miami Heat in the 2015-16 season. Within his NBA career, he was named All-NBA five times.
Stoudemire continued his basketball career in Israel, first with Hapel Jerusalem, then with the Fujian Sturgeons and finally with Maccabi Tel Aviv.