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NEW YORK (AP) - New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton was arrested Tuesday on three counts of criminal possession of a weapon, police said.
Felton turned himself in at 12:50 a.m., shortly after the Knicks lost to the Dallas Mavericks at home, police spokesman Sgt. Thomas Antonetti said.
Felton was expected to be arraigned later Tuesday on charges of criminal possession of a weapon in the second, third and fourth degrees.
Police said the charges don't stem from Felton using the firearm in a menacing manner but from possessing an unregistered gun.
A Knicks spokesman did not immediately return a phone call. It was not clear if Felton had an attorney.
Felton had eight points and seven assists Monday in the Knicks' 110-108 loss to Dallas. The Knicks brought the point guard back for a second stint in New York in July 2012, opting to let Jeremy Lin leave, and Felton helped the Knicks win the Atlantic Division last year.
But he has had a disappointing season, averaging 10.4 points and shooting 40 percent while missing 16 games with a series of injuries. He has been frequently criticized by fans as the Knicks have fallen to 21-36.
Felton is not the first pro athlete to run afoul of New York's strict gun laws. Then New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress was arrested in 2008 after accidentally shooting himself in a Manhattan nightclub. He served two years in prison.
Fighter Robert Guerrero was arrested at John F. Kennedy Airport last year after he presented a locked gun box containing an unloaded handgun during check-in. He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was ordered to pay a $250 fine and complete 50 hours of community service.
This athletes, celebrities, should know better. Especially when their political representatives concur with these Gun laws.
An armed society is a polite society. Less bullying would certainly happen if the bullies knew that their victims could be armed. Police probably kill more innocent people than properly trained, armed citizens do. I have registered and non-registered firearms. In Arizona it is legal as is open carry and concealed carry. When the illegal aliens and other crooks come bursting into your home what protection do you have? When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.
It is sooo wrong. The NYC Police make it impossible for a person to get a gun permit, then they arrest that person for not having a permit. How stupid the system is.
Thats the New York SS If you kill someone with a KNIFE NO GUN!!! Mind you who breaks into your HOUSE with INTENT TO HARM YOUR FAMILY! ! YOU GO TO JAIL!!! VICTIMS HAVE KNOW RIGHTS IN NEW YORK!!!! That place is a JOKE!!! I am pissed The BOSTON PD DIOD NO KILL THAT PIECE OF S--t Marathon BOMBER!!!! NOW, HE IS LAUGHING AND THE TRIAL WILL BE A JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'll show you my gun registration when you show me your free speech registration.
Guilty of nothing Thank Bloomys'berg The wonerful Cuomo the Ho-no, Charlie Schumer...with all the armed gangs...The man is guilty of trying to be able to protect himself...from armed gangs...Thank all the drop dead liberals
I'm glad that I live in Alabama and don't have to worry about those kind of too strict laws. Guns are not important to me, but to ruin these athletes reputation seems so senseless to me. Having guns shouldn't be a crime, especially since he wasn't trying to do harm to anyone. Just my opinion. Dumb laws n New York, sweet home Alabama.
so what? hes got the whole offseason to do the community service. big deal.
Yeah, just like Plaxico Burris - he got to do his community service after he finished his TWO YEAR jail sentence.
" If I had a son it would look like Felton "
As far as I can tell he looks exactly like you, just more accomplished.
If you had one it would look like your draft dodging, crap in pants Ted Nugent
Gun Laws mean you Mr. Felton too!
Just another NBA player that can't keep out of trouble...