Ex-NBA Player Amar'e Stoudemire Accused Of Punching His Daughter

The former rookie of the year denies the allegation, which he calls ‘groundless.’

Former NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire was arrested early Sunday (Dec. 18) at his Miami home on a misdemeanor battery charge for allegedly punching and slapping his daughter, which he denies.

The Miami Herald reports that the arrest report doesn’t indicate which of Stoudemire’s two daughters was allegedly assaulted. Stoudemire has two daughters, 17 and 14 years old, with ex-wife Alexis Stoudemire. The child told the police that he punched her in the jaw and slapped her multiple times, drawing blood.

After his release from custody, the former Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks player denied wrongdoing and asked the public for patience.

“As the investigations 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,” Stoudemire, 40, tweeted.

“I could never see myself assaulting any person, especially my children. I respect, protect and love my family, particularly my children. As a father, I ask for your grace as we secure our space and privacy.”

At about 10 p.m. on Saturday night (Dec. 17), the police went to Amar’e Stoudemire condo, responding to a custody dispute. Alexis Stoudemire told police that she went to her ex-husband’s home to get their children after receiving a photo from her bloodied daughter.

“I observed blood stains on the victim’s sweater and sweatpants,” the arrest report states, according to the 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 daughter told the police that her father became angry after she responded “What?” when her grandmother called her. Stoudemire believed his daughter responded in a disrespectful tone of voice. He “rushed inside her room and asked her why was she giving attitude,” the girl told the police.

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She told the police that her father punched her on the right side of her jaw, as the confrontation escalated, even though she denied having an attitude toward her grandmother. She said he then slapped her multiple times on the left side of her body, bloodying her nose.

The police report said he told the responding officer that his daughter “was sad because she received a whooping from him for being disrespectful and a liar,” which prompted the girl to call her mother.

He was released from police custody Sunday afternoon after paying a $1,500 bond.

Stoudemire was drafted by the Suns into the NBA out of high school in 2002 and earned rookie of the year. In addition to the Knicks, he played for the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat in 2015-16 in his final NBA season.

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