Cops: NBA Draft Pick Pushed Woman Down B’klyn Stairs

NEW YORK (AP/1010 WINS) — Indiana Pacers draft pick Lance Stephenson, after pushing his girlfriend down a flight of stairs, grabbed her and hit her head on the bottom step, prosecutors said Monday.

A judge released Stephenson, 19, without bail late Sunday night after his arrest on assault, menacing and harassment charges. Prosecutors had asked for $7,500 bail.

Authorities say the confrontation occurred around 5 a.m. Sunday when the victim, Jasmine Williams, was returning home to her apartment building on Avenue Z with two friends. Witnesses said Stephenson was waiting for her and yelled, “Are you kidding me?” before pushing her down the stairs.

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A criminal complaint provided Monday by the Brooklyn district attorney’s office said that as Williams lay at the bottom of the stairs, Stephenson picked up her head and slammed it on the bottom step.

When police arrived, Stephenson told them the woman had fallen down the stairs, prosecutors said. The complaint said Williams suffered head and back wounds, and possible damage to her neck.

Pacers president Larry Bird called Stephenson’s arrest “very disappointing to the Pacers franchise and to me personally.”  A defense attorney said Stephenson didn’t harm his girlfriend.

Attorney Alberto Ebanks, said Monday that his client “did not maliciously, intentionally or in any other way cause harm to Jasmine Williams.”

Stephenson’s neighbors near his home on West 19th Street in Coney Island don’t believe the allegations either.

“I knew him my whole life since kindergarten,” one man told 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria. “Why would he do that now when he knows he made it already; why would he start dumb stupidity now?” .

“The way he grew up in a tough neighborhood and made it out, you know, I like him, I’m proud of him,” another man said.

Stephenson was one of the nation’s top high school prospects. He played one season at Cincinnati before applying for early entry to the NBA draft.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  • doris

    he should not get off the hook lightly for this. if proper examples were made of people who do this type of thing the others might think before acting . but money talks.

  • jorge de zamacona

    Put him in jail, where he richly belongs but he will get a slap on the hand a week of anger management and another week of community service, eventhough the community would be better served with this human garbage in jail.

  • Swils

    What happened to innocent until proven guilty? Why don’t you get all of the facts before you pass judgement. It’s people like you guys that send innocent people to jail.

  • Harley

    To answer the people from his neighborhood – because your boy thinks he’s all that and a bag of chips now, which means he must be invincible. Year after year, a number of athletes are let off the hook for crimes (petty or serious), and that’s the example this kid has seen. If she knows what’s good for her, she’ll take out a restraining order and file a personal injury suit as well. What a damn shame.

  • D Paul

    This is amazing. There is one case after another of “spoiled athletes” beating up their girlfriends and it’s always a “slap on the wrist”. This crosses racial lines and is always sexual harassment for which there is no punishment.

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