Most Laker fans are focused on the upcoming challenges of an aging roster going through the NBA playoffs, but Los Angeles Jordan Hill’s focus may be elsewhere.
According to police reports Hill has been accused of shoving, choking and hitting his girlfriend during an incident in early 2012 while Hill was still playing for the Rockets. The report alleges Luna threw two of HIll’s cellphones to the ground which enraged Hill. He grabbed her off a sofa, dragged her to the phones, before throwing her against a wall and putting her into a chokehold. According to the Los Angeles Times,
The woman flew back to her residence in Orlando and called police in Houston about four weeks later, on March 29. Luna emailed pictures of bruises on her legs and upper body and also copies of plane tickets to and from Houston. She had been in a relationship with Hill for about two years.
After some ambiguous Tweets from Hill’s twitter account, he issued a formal statement:
“I’m saddened to learn of the accusations that were filed against me today,” he said. “At this time I cannot comment further other than to say that my attorneys are working to gather all of the facts and evidence and I plan to cooperate completely with the authorities. I’d like to apologize to the Lakers organization and to all of their fans for the untimeliness of these accusations. I promise to keep my focus and attention on the playoffs during this time and to helping my team win another championship.”
According to ESPN, a warrant for Hill’s arrest is expected to be issued once filing paperwork has been completed. If convicted, Hill faces a $10,000 fine, and up to ten years in prison.
Jordan Hill has been dating Darlene Luna for two years.