- The Washington Times - Monday, July 14, 2003

Washington Wizards guard Jerry Stackhouse was arrested yesterday in Atlantic Beach, N.C., on suspicion of assault over a dispute with a landlord, authorities said.

Stackhouse reportedly reached for the lease and grabbed the landlord instead. The woman felt threatened and reported the incident to police, and around 2:30 p.m. Stackhouse was arrested.

The dispute concerned how long the NBA star was allowed to remain in the weekly rental home. He thought he had rented the home until Monday, but the landlord said the lease was only good through yesterday.

A police spokesman said last night he believed Stackhouse already had posted bail but was unable to confirm that report.

“I don’t know anything about it,” Washington president of basketball operations Ernie Grunfeld said last night from Boston, where Wizards rookies and free agents will participate in this week’s Pro Summer League. “Until we have more information there is nothing to comment about.”

Attempts to reach Stackhouse last night were unsuccessful.

Stackhouse, 28, an eight-year NBA veteran, just finished his first season with the Wizards after being acquired in a six-player trade that sent Richard Hamilton to the Detroit Pistons. Last month he signed a two-year contract extension that will pay him up to $38 million through 2007.

Stackhouse led the Wizards in scoring last season, averaging 21.5 points and 4.5 assists.

Stackhouse is considered by his peers to be one of the better citizens in the league. He was the recipient of the NBA Community Assist Award for the month of May, becoming only the second player to receive that award twice (he received the award in October 2001 while with the Pistons).

Stackhouse has been involved in fund-raising for diabetes research. He has lost two sisters to complications from the disease, and both of his parents suffer from it. In honor of his many community contributions, the Washington Father’s Day Council named Stackhouse the 2003 father of the year at their recent annual dinner. In partnership with the American Diabetes Association, the National Father’s Day Council has raised close to $4 million over the past 18 years for diabetes research.

Stackhouse and Christian Laettner reportedly were involved in a fight on the team plane over a game of cards in 1999 when both were with the Pistons. The Pistons never confirmed the report, and the teammates had no difficulties with the Wizards last season.

Staff writer Judith Person contributed to this report.

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