Lance Stephenson Arrested; Indiana Pacers Draft Pick Allegedly Pushed Mother of His Child Down Stairs

Lance Stephenson (AP Photo)
Lance Stephenson, Indiana Pacers Rookie, Arrested After Alleged Domestic Dispute
Lance Stephenson (AP Photo)

NEW YORK (CBS/AP) Indiana Pacers draft pick Lance Stephenson has been arrested after allegedly pushing the mother of his child down the concrete stairs of her Brooklyn home.

The 19-year-old, second-round draft pick has been charged with assault, reckless endangerment, and menacing after the violent scuffle which landed Jasmine Williams, 21, in the hospital early Monday morning with head and neck injuries, says NYPD spokesman Paul Browne.

According to The New York Post, if Stephenson is convicted on all counts - two counts of assault, two counts menacing and one count of harassment - he could face 12 years behind bars.

If Stephenson is convicted on the one count of felony assault, he will face a minimum of seven years in prison.

Unfortunately, this is not Stephenson's first run-in with the police.

Last year, he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct for a groping incident which involved a 17-year-old female, reports The New York Post.

Thus far, his criminal past has not affected his career or his nearly $1 million NBA contract, says The Post, but Pacers president Larry Bird told the paper that the team will monitor the situation: "We are currently in the process of gathering information and will have further comments as we learn more facts."

Before signing with the Pacers, Stephenson played one year at the University of Cincinnati where he was named Big East's Rookie of the Year for 2010.