In a big update, former Chicago Bulls and Orlando Magic guard Ben Gordon was arrested on weapons and threatening charges on Tuesday (April 4). His arrest came on the day of his 40th birthday, just hours after his former college team secured the NCAA title. According to reports, he was charged with carrying a dangerous weapon and two counts of second-degree threatening after he began behaving erratically in a Connecticut juice shop.
The concerned police authorities confirmed that they found a knife in his pocket with a stun gun and a pair of brass knuckles in the bag as well. It took five police officers to subdue Gordon when eventually put into cuffs.
“Many 911 callers had reported a male acting aggressively and in a bizarre manner inside a juice shop in Stamford”, the city's Assistant Police Chief, Richard Conklin said.
The former NBA star seems to have had a mental health episode as the story states that he complied with the police in the beginning but changed his behavior out of nowhere and tried to run.
“ A t first, Gordon complied with officers’ directions and exited the business, but at a certain point, Gordon stopped complying and police had to force him to the ground to handcuff him”, Conklin said. “This was a very dangerous situation. He had a number of weapons on him and he was in a very agitated state at that point, so we are pleased with our officers’ response,” the Chief added.
Gordon was later released from custody after a mental health evaluation at the local hospital and a $10000 bond. The NBA star came live on Instagram to explain his side of things after the series of incidents.
He is now scheduled to appear for a hearing in two weeks regarding this case. This is not the first time Gordon has had a run-in with the law. In October, he was charged with punching his son at New York's LaGuardia Airport. In November, he was charged with a misdemeanor in Chicago for allegedly punching a McDonald's security guard.
Gordon, who played collegiately at Connecticut, was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 2004 and played 11 seasons in the NBA with Chicago, Detroit, Charlotte, and Orlando. His most recent outing came in the 2014-15 season with the Orlando Magic. His best season was 2006-07 when he averaged 21.4 points and 3.6 assists for the Bulls.