Jordan Hill Charged With Felony Assault After Allegedly Choking Girlfriend, Vows to Keep Focus on Lakers’ Playoff Run


It probably wasn't how Jordan Hill envisioned his off-day going.

Hill, the big man who the Lakers acquired as part of the March trade that sent Derek Fisher packing, was charged with felony assault on Monday. The charges stem from an incident in February, during which Hill allegedly choked and bruised his girlfriend at an apartment in Houston.

Hill could face a sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted. But while that's certainly enough to grab someone's complete attention, Hill has vowed to not let that happen, insisting he's still focused on the Lakers' current playoff run.

"I'm saddened to learn of the accusations that were filed against me today," Hill said in a statement Monday. "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."

The Lakers will square off with the Nuggets in Game 2 on Tuesday night, and Hill is expected to be available.

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