“I’m just going to try to stay focused,” Stephenson said Tuesday at the New York Knicks‘ training facility, where he joined other rookies getting photographed for their Panini trading cards. “I’m going to talk to him, see how he feels about it and I’m going to move forward from it.”
Stephenson, 19, was arrested Sunday in New York on assault, menacing and harassment charges. Prosecutors said the Pacers‘ draft pick pushed his girlfriend down a flight of stairs, then grabbed her and hit her head on the bottom step.
Bird added that the Pacers were still gathering facts but “regardless of the outcome of the investigation, Lance should not have put himself in the position he was in early Sunday morning. We have consistently emphasized to our players the importance of not putting themselves in situations where bad things can happen.
Indiana drafted Stephenson with the No. 40 pick. The league is monitoring the situation.
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