Daniel Gibson, currently an unrestricted free agent shooting guard, is facing battery charges after turning himself in to New Orleans police. WDSU in Louisiana is the first to report that the long-time member of the Cleveland Cavaliers is facing charges of second degree battery which stem from the Essence Music Festival, taking place earlier this summer.
Details on the incident that led to the charge were not immediately available, but state law defines second degree battery as an assault in which the offender “intentionally inflicts serious bodily injury” on another person.
“Earlier this month during the Essence Music Festival, I was involved in an incident with other individuals while I was out with my wife.,” Gibson said. “It’s unfortunate that some see opportunity in taking advantage of people who work hard for what they have achieved.”
An arrest warrant obtained by multiple media outlets claims that a Gibson, trained in boxing, broke the victim’s jaw. The veteran guard told TMZ that “once all of the facts of the incident come out, [he] expects to be fully vindicated.”
Gibson, 27, was a second-round draft selection of the Cavaliers in 2006 and has spent his entire career in Cleveland. In 2012-13, Gibson averaged 5.4 points and 1.8 assists per game. The team is aware of the incident and are not providing comment at this time.