New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton was arrested and charged with felony gun possession after his wife surrendered his gun and accused him of threatening her with the weapon.
Felton’s arrest came after the Knicks lost to the Dallas Mavericks Monday.
According to police, a divorce lawyer for Felton’s wife, Ariane Raymondo-Felton, turned in the gun at the 20th Precinct station house, saying the firearm belonged to the playmaker.
Two hours later, Raymondo-Felton came in for questioning and gave her statements to detectives at the precinct, accusing Felton of threatening her with the firearm. But it was not immediately clear when any threats she described took place.
Authorities said the couple was in the process of divorcing.
The police described the gun as an FN Herstal, a Belgian weapon, and said it was loaded when it was turned in. Felton’s wife told the police that the gun was being kept in their Upper West Side apartment in Manhattan.
After scoring eight points and seven assists against the Mavericks, Felton turned himself in at the same station house at 12:50 a.m. and was charged with second-, third- and fourth-degree counts of weapons possession. Two of the charges are felonies.
The 29-year-old Felton is expected to be arraigned later Tuesday and for now remains in police custody.
Felton has struggled this season and the Knicks tried to send him to another team before the trading deadline but there were no takers.
Last season, the Knicks signed Felton to a three-year, $10 million deal with a $4.5 million player option for 2015-16.