Rockets’ Kevin Porter Jr Arrested in NYC for Assault, Strangulation

Rockets guard Kevin Porter Jr. was arrested over the weekend in New York on charges of assault and strangulation, per Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.Kevin Porter Jr

Police arrested Porter, believed to be without incident, following a 911 call from a New York hotel that took place just before 7 a.m. locally.

“Upon arrival officers were informed that a 26-year-old female sustained a laceration to the right side of her face and was complaining about pain to her neck,” a New York Police Department spokesperson said, via Feigen. “A preliminary investigation on scene determined that a known individual struck her multiple times upon her body and placed his hands around her neck.”

The woman was reportedly taken to an area hospital for evaluation.

Per Aaron Katersky of ABC 7 New York, Porter arrived at a Times Square hotel in the early hours of a night out on the town. His girlfriend, reportedly a WNBA player, wouldn’t let him into the room — but Porter was able to enter with help of security. Police sources told Katersky the assault occurred shortly after Porter gained entrance.

He now reportedly is in custody at the NYPD’s 17th precinct.

This is not Porter’s first run-in with the law, as he was arrested following a traffic incident while a member of the Cavaliers back in 2020.The Cavs traded him to the Rockets after he allegedly yelled at GM/president of basketball operations Koby Altman during a locker room incident.

Until the most recent report, Porter had remained trouble-free. Rockets GM Rafael Stone declined to comment on Porter’s arrest, per Feigen.

Porter, 23, averaged 19.2 points, 5.7 assists and 5.3 rebounds in 59 games last season. 

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