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MavsFanFinley
07-07-2003, 10:05 AM
Armstrong released after posting $1,000 bond

Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Orlando Magic guard Darrell Armstrong was arrested early Monday after being accused of fighting with a female police officer outside a nightclub.

Armstrong was booked into the Orange County jail on charges of battery on a law-enforcement officer and resisting arrest without violence. He was released after posting $1,000 bond.

Armstrong tried to enter a full taxi outside a club and, upset over being denied a ride, he stood in traffic, Orlando police Sgt. Orlando Rolon said.

When Officer Teresa Joyce tried to get Armstrong out of the street, he briefly scuffled with her and other officers before being arrested, police said.

Joyce severely sprained her left middle and ring fingers while trying to restrain Armstrong, Rolon said.

Upon his release, Armstrong admitted slapping the officer's hand away, but said he was provoked.

"Don't put your hands on me, that's all I'm saying,'' said Armstrong, whose shirt had a rip. "I only knocked her hand.''

The 35-year-old Armstrong, a nine-year NBA veteran, is a free agent, and the Magic have not said whether they will try to re-sign him. Armstrong averaged 9.4 points and 3.9 assists in a reserve role last season.

"We are just becoming aware of the situation,'' Magic general manager John Gabriel said. "We know Darrell and we're, obviously, very surprised at the news. We always support our players to the best of our abilities.

"But because this is a legal matter at this time, we don't have more to add.''

Armstrong's agent, Glenn Schwartzman, did not immediately return a phone message, and it could not be immediately determined if Armstrong has a lawyer.

Drbio
07-07-2003, 10:19 AM
Sports Doofus of the Week runner up.



He'd have won if it weren't for Kobe and his Roman hands and Russian fingers.

Mandyahl
07-07-2003, 10:34 AM
goodness, what a week.

signoftimes
07-07-2003, 02:26 PM
Here's armstrong's mug shot.

http://thesmokinggun.com/graphics/art3/darmstrong1.jpg

Drbio
07-07-2003, 02:30 PM
Not to be outdone, Stoudamire of the JailBlazers was arrested today on drug charges at an airport. Incredible.

MavsFanFinley
08-20-2003, 10:31 PM
Prosecutors formally charge Armstrong in police altercation

By BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Writer
August 20, 2003

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Florida prosecutors filed felony charges Wednesday against New Orleans Hornets guard Darrell Armstrong, who was accused of slapping away the hand of a female police officer as she ordered him off a street outside an Orlando, Fla., nightclub.

Armstrong's lawyer, Zachary E. Stoumbos, said the player would vigorously fight the charge of battery on a police officer, which carries a maximum of five years in prison. Armstrong also was formally charged with resisting arrest without violence, a misdemeanor.

``Whatever contact took place was human nature -- to respond to someone grabbing you from behind when you don't know who that is, meaning you push that hand away,'' Stoumbos said after being informed of the prosecutor's decision to file formal charges. ``Only then did he realize this lady officer was an officer.''

Armstrong, who signed as a free agent with New Orleans in late July after playing nine seasons with Orlando, was arrested on July 7.

Police have alleged that officer Teresa Joyce was ordering Armstrong to get out of the street and that he was ignoring her, so she put her hand on his shoulder to guide him to the sidewalk.

Joyce has said she sprained her left middle and ring fingers, which were tangled up in Armstrong's shirt, as other officers turned Armstrong toward a police car.

Stoumbos said Armstrong, a 35-year-old father of three, would not have intentionally battered a police officer, which prosecutors will have to prove.

``What reason she had coming up to grab him from behind, when he is about 25 feet from his vehicle, makes no sense to me at all,'' Stoumbos said, adding that celebrities are particularly sensitive to such contact because members of the public are often trying to touch them.

Police have stated that Armstrong was in the street because he was upset over not being allowed into a full taxi. Stoumbos disputed that, saying Armstrong was walking to his own car, which was across the street from the club, when he stopped to speak with some fans.

``This is friendly contact with the occupants of a taxi, which is not uncommon. He's very recognized,'' Stoumbos said.

Messages left at the office and on the mobile phone for the spokeswoman at the Orange County state attorney's office were not returned Wednesday evening. A police spokesman also did not return a message left on his mobile phone and at his office.

While the charges Armstrong's case could carry jail time, Stoumbos said it would be unusual for someone like Armstrong, who has not been in such trouble before, to face jail time in such a case.

Armstrong was brought to New Orleans as a backup for starter Baron Davis, who missed 32 games because of nagging back problems and minor knee surgery.

Armstrong averaged 9.4 points and 3.9 assists in a reserve role last season for the Magic. He has averaged 11.7 points, 5.1 assists and 1.6 steals for his career.

Usually Lurkin
08-21-2003, 08:40 AM
"When Officer Teresa Joyce tried to get Armstrong out of the street, he briefly scuffled with her and other officers before being arrested, police said."

This is great!
Aren't the Mavs looking for a tough defensive guard not afraid of taking it into traffic and who won't back down in the lane?

Armstrong even seems to possesses a 'slap first' attitude, and now has some of that much valued rap-sheet rep that could toughen up the 'soft-white-boys' label.

mavsfanforever
08-24-2003, 05:17 PM
Edit: already posted by MFF.