Prosecutors said that the girlfriend of Kevin Porter Jr. suffered a broken neck and other injuries during the alleged attack on the Rockets guard.
NEW YORK – The alleged attack of Houston Rockets guard Kevin Porter Jr. to her boyfriend at a New York City hotel left the woman with a broken collarbone and a cut to her right eye, prosecutors revealed at her arraignment Tuesday.
Porter, 23, was charged with felony assault and strangulation in connection with the incident last Monday at the Millennium Hilton near the United Nations in Manhattan. He was not required to enter a plea during his brief court appearance.
Porter, who has been in police custody since his arrest around 6:45 a.m. Monday, was ordered to post $75,000 cash or $100,000 bail to secure his release. She was also ordered to stay away from her boyfriend, former WNBA player Kysre Gondrezick.
Porter is due back in court in Manhattan on Oct. 16. The Rockets are scheduled to play a preseason game that day in San Antonio, and their regular season begins about two weeks later.
A message was left with Porter’s attorney seeking comment.
According to a criminal complaint, Gondrezick told police Porter repeatedly punched him in the face with a closed fist, cutting him above his right eye and causing bruising and severe pain to his face.
According to Gondrezick, the NBA player also squeezed his neck with his hands, causing difficulty in breathing, reddening and bruises on his neck. Tests at the hospital showed Gondrezick, 26, suffered a fractured neck, according to the criminal complaint.
The Rockets said in a statement on Monday that they are in the process of gathering information and have no further comment.
Porter played four seasons in the NBA, a period marked by both his on-court skills and his problems.
Last year, Porter averaged 19.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game, earning a lucrative four-year extension in Houston.
In November 2020, while playing for the Cavaliers, Porter was arrested after police said they found a loaded gun and marijuana in his car after a car accident. Porter admitted he didn’t know the gun was there and his charges were eventually dismissed.
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Porter, a 2019 first-round pick out of USC, was traded from Cleveland to Houston a few months after he reportedly blasted the Cavaliers’ general manager after discovering his locker had been moved to make room for a player.
In April 2021, the NBA fined Porter $50,000 for violating the league’s COVID-19 health and safety rules by visiting a Miami strip club. In January 2022, the Rockets suspended Porter for one game after former coach Stephen Silas said the player got into a “heated debate” and “lost his temper” at halftime.