Lakers' Jordan Hill Charged with Choking Girlfriend - Tarnished Twenty
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Lakers' Jordan Hill Charged with Choking Girlfriend

Los Angeles Lakers forward Jordan Hill allegedly choked and assaulted his girlfriend during an argument just weeks before he was traded to LA, Houston's KTRK-TV reports.

Hill, who was playing for the Houston Rockets when the alleged choking incident occurred Feb. 29, was charged Monday with third-degree felony assault, according to KTRK. An arrest warrant will be issued once paperwork is complete, ESPN reports.

Hill, 24, apparently had just two words in response to the felony charge, according to ESPN, which he shared with fans via Twitter:

"Wowwwww," the Los Angeles Lakers' Jordan Hill said in one tweet on Monday. "Unbelievable!!!!!!!!" read another.

The alleged Jordan Hill choking incident took place at Hill's former home in Houston, KTRK reports. Hill's girlfriend was visiting from Florida, and the couple allegedly got in a dispute while discussing their future together.

During the argument, Hill's girlfriend allegedly threw Hill's cell phones onto the floor -- after which Hill allegedly punched the woman and threw her against a wall, court documents state.

When Hill demanded his girlfriend pick up his cell phones, she turned away from him, the documents allege. That's when Hill allegedly grabbed the woman from behind and put her in a chokehold that caused her to gasp for air, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Jordan Hill's girlfriend later returned to Florida. She reported the incident to police March 29, and turned in photos of her injuries.

Though Hill's girlfriend waited about four weeks to call police, the "delay" in timing probably can't be used against her. Under Texas law, the statute of limitations for felony assault is three years.

Once the Texas arrest warrant is issued in Jordan Hill's alleged choking and assault case, Hill will have to return to Houston for a court appearance, the Times reports. If convicted, Hill potentially faces up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine, according to ESPN.

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