June 2nd?! But how will he help the Knicks in the Finals????
June 2nd?! But how will he help the Knicks in the Finals????
I am also unwilling to support any law originally thought up by the KKK http://www.examiner.com/article/kkk-...of-gun-control
Personally I have no problem with registering firearms and I also think everyone who wants to own should have to go through extensive training and psychology to determine if people are competent enough to own a weapon. Then again a lot of my own personal political beliefs would not hold up against the constitution.
Only in New York... Where they protect you from non-violent citizens carrying firearms and soft drinks.
I know Felton plays like he's 46, but he falls squarely in that definition.The reserve militia or unorganized militia, also created by the Militia Act of 1903 which presently consist of every able-bodied man of at least 17 and under 45 years of age who are not members of the National Guard or Naval Militia.
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Larry Bird: Yeah, patience.
Raymond Felton avoids jail time
NEW YORK -- New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton will avoid jail time and be able to continue his basketball career without interruption after reaching a plea agreement on two felony gun charges in court on Monday morning.
As part of the agreement, Felton will have to plead guilty to at least one of those felony gun charges -- criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree or criminal possession of a firearm -- complete 500 hours of community service, pay a $5,000 fine, register as a gun offender and waive his right as a defendant to appeal the case.
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Raymond Felton will avoid jail time after reaching a plea agreement on two felony gun charges. He was facing a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.
Felton, who wore a black suit and sported rimmed glasses, did not speak at his hearing on Monday in Manhattan Criminal Court. He would not take questions from reporters, but did issue a statement aloud outside the court room.
"I just want to say that I want to thank the DA for being fair to me in this whole situation," Felton said. "I want to thank all my friends, my family especially, my fans, everybody just for supporting me and understanding the person I am."
Felton turned himself in and was arrested on the morning of Feb. 25 following his team's loss to the Dallas Mavericks after his wife, Ariane Raymondo-Felton, alleged that Felton threatened her with a firearm. Court records show that Raymondo-Felton filed for divorce from Felton exactly a week earlier.
According to a criminal complaint provided by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, Felton was in possession of an FN model 5.7x28 millimeter caliber semiautomatic pistol loaded with approximately 18 rounds of live ammunition. Raymondo-Felton went to a Manhattan police precinct and turned over the gun prior to the Knicks-Mavericks game.
If convicted on the two felony gun charges, Felton could've faced a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.
"We want to thank the DA's office for focusing on the facts and only the facts. It's very clear that there was no proof, that there was never any proof that he ever used, threatened or pointed this gun at anyone," Felton's attorney, Jim Walden, said. "He never did that. It was a bold-faced lie. We're grateful that the DA's office saw through that and is going to allow him to continue his basketball career without interruption."
Felton, 29, has two years remaining on the four-year, $15 million contract with a player option he signed with the Knicks.
League sources have told ESPNNewYork.com that Knicks president Phil Jackson will look to trade Felton in the offseason, but that could prove difficult.
Felton averaged a career-low 9.7 points per game on 39.5 percent shooting in 2013-14. He missed 17 games due to injury.
There will be a hearing for Felton next Monday, but he will not have to appear.
Raymond Felton pleads guilty on gun charges, will avoid jail
Raymond Felton will not be going to jail.
But I would expect the NBA will come down with some kind of suspension (or at least fine) for him.
Felton was arrested last February in New York on three separate weapons charges after he allegedly pointed a gun at his wife (they were going through a divorce at the time, although that certainly is no excuse for the behavior). New York has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, but as had been expected Felton avoided jail time by pleading guilty, reports the Associated Press.
Felton pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm. He admitted he knowingly had a large-capacity ammunition magazine and a pistol without a license….
He was immediately sentenced to 500 hours of community service and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine. Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Rebold said Felton will be allowed to do the service outside New York.
Felton was traded from the Knicks to the Dallas Mavericks this summer along with Tyson Chandler.
As previously noted, it’s likely the NBA comes down with a little additional punishment for Felton.
Well, that was a quick ruling.
Some thar in Texas might even figgur that he was raht for keepin' his woman in lahn without even wastin' a bullit.
Just kidding, I hope...
NBA suspends Mavericks’ Raymond Felton four games for weapons charges
The Knicks traded Raymond Felton to Dallas as part of the Tyson Chandler deal this summer, but there was something hanging over Felton’s head during that deal — felony gun charges.
He had been arrested in New York after he allegedly pointed a gun at his estranged wife. He eventually pled guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm, as well as knowingly having a large-capacity ammunition magazine and a pistol that was unlicensed. Felton was sentenced to 500 hours of community service and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.
On top of that, the NBA has now suspended Felton the first four games of next season without pay, the league announced Thursday.
“I demonstrated poor judgment and I take full responsibility for my actions,” Felton said in a statement released by the Mavericks.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban noted in his statement that Felton is allowed to serve is community service hours outside New York and can do them around Dallas.
Snarky Dallas fans took to twitter saying the suspension was a blessing for the Mavericks — Felton struggled mightily last season in New York (which now has Jose Calderon running the point, a much better triangle offense fit). Once the suspension ends Felton (rarely the best conditioned athlete in the league, to be kind) will get the chance to turn his career around under one of the best Xs and Os coaches in the game in Rick Carlisle, someone who will put Felton in good positions to succeed. Whether he does anything with that chance remains to be seen. Color me skeptical.
Sounds like the NBA did Dallas a favor.