Jordan Hill Charged With Felony Assault
Los Angeles Lakers forward Jordan Hill has been charged with felony assault for allegedly choking Darlene Luna, a former girlfriend, back on February 29, Lakers acquired Hill from the Houston Rockets in a trade for Derek Fisher on March 15. If convicted, Hill could be sentenced for up to 10 years in prison.
The charge was filed by the Harris County District Attorney in Houston. Court documents say Hill had paid the woman’s airfare to come to Houston from Florida. According to an interview she did with an investigator, she said the two were sitting on a couch “discussing their future and then they argued.”
“She stated she threw the defendant’s two cell phones to the floor and defendant became angry and began to strike her in the legs with his fists.”
“Then the defendant grabbed her and pulled her off the couch and dragged her over to where the phones were and threw her against a wall,” the complaint says. “He demanded that she pick up his phones and then pulled her up by her right arm, argued and while she was turned away from him, he reached around her neck from behind and pulled her up and into his body. She stated that the defendant put her into a choke hold and her neck was in the bend of his elbow and the defendant’s action caused restriction to her breathing causing her to gasp for air.”
She said she told Hill she wanted to go home and he booked a flight on his computer and told her if she wanted to go, to hit “enter.” She did.
The complaint says a friend picked her up and noticed bruises, and photos show bruises to the legs.
Hill played a limited role in seven regular-season games since being traded to the Lakers, averaging 4.7 points and 4.4 rebounds over 11.7 minutes per game. But he played a big part in the L.A.’s Game 1 win over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, going 24 minutes for 10 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks.