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The Houston Rockets have told Kevin Porter Jr.’s representatives that the swingman is no longer part of the team.
General manager Rafael Stone on Monday called the domestic violence allegations against Porter ‘deeply troubling.’
Porter, 23, was arrested after an alleged attack on his girlfriend, former WNBA player Kysre Gondrezick, at a New York City hotel room on Sept. 11.
‘The allegations against him are deeply troubling,’ Stone said. ‘Going back a few weeks, as soon as I heard the allegations, I informed his representatives that he could not be part of the Houston Rockets.
‘They understood, and he has not been with the team or around the team or had any interaction with the team since that time, and will not be at media day or in training camp.’
The Houston Rockets have told guard Kevin Porter Jr. that he is no longer part of the team
Porter was charged with felony assault and strangulation in an incident in New York City with his girlfriend, WNBA player Kysre Gondrezick back in early September
Houston could waive Porter, but they would have to pay a significant portion of the four-year, $63million deal he signed back in October of 2022.
Gondrezick went to the hospital after an alleged attack at the Milennium Hotel in New York City. The NYPD told DailyMail.com that Gondrezick had a laceration on the right side of her face when police arrived, and a preliminary investigation determined she was struck multiple times.
She was taken to the hospital with at least one broken bone and bruising after the alleged attack, according to NBC.
The NBA player had reportedly returned from a night out in the early hours of Monday morning. Gondrezick, unhappy with how late he had come back, locked the door.
Once Porter got into the room – with the help of hotel security – he allegedly beat up Gondrezick.
This attack led to Porter being charged with second-degree assault and strangulation – which he pled not guilty to. He has a court date set for October 16.
Porter was released on $75,000 cash bail, with the judge ordering him to stay away from Gondrezick and imposing a temporary protection order against him.
‘This is a serious domestic violence case,’ Assistant Manhattan District Attorney Mirah Curzer said in court.
Gondrezick was found with lacerations on her neck and right side of her hotel by police
Porter is due back in Manhattan Criminal Court on October 16 after he made bail
The Rockets could plan on waiving Porter, but they’d be on the hook for some of his contract
It’s not clear if the Rockets have placed Porter on waivers, or if they just told him to stay away from the team.
According to Spotrac, Porter is owed $15.86m this season. His deal would see him partially guaranteed to the same amount in the 2024-25 season.
Stone called the issue a league matter.
‘What’s left for the team to do is evaluate the best steps for our organization that remain in compliance with the league domestic violence policy,’ he said. ‘This is now a league matter, and that’s where it’s at.’
Porter averaged 19.2 points, 5.7 assists and 5.3 rebounds in 59 games (all starts) for the Rockets last season.