As if the off-season hasn’t been tough enough for the Denver Nuggets after they’ve lost Andre Iguodala, George Karl and Masai Ujiri, now their starting point guard, Ty Lawson, is in trouble with the law.
According to the report from the Denver Post, Lawson was arrested on Saturday night for an incident related to domestic violence. He was later charged with physical harassment and criminal mischief. Lawson was also issued a mandatory restraining order because of the domestic violence incident. Lawson is now free on a $1000 bond.
Lawson had a big year for the Nuggets last season, playing in 73 games. He averaged 16.7 points, 6.9 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 34.4 minutes per game. Lawson also shot a solid 46.1 percent from the floor and 36.6 percent from three-point range.
With Iguodala leaving, many people have assumed that the leadership role will fall onto Lawson for the 2013-2014 NBA season. However, this latest incident undoubtedly raises question about Lawson’s character and maturity. After all, this isn’t the first time that Lawson has been in trouble with the law this year.
As the Post article pointed out, Lawson was arrested in January after failing to appear in court in July of 2012. The court appearance that he missed was from an incident in April of 2012 when he was cited for careless driving.
When it comes to Lawson’s ability to contribute on the floor is undeniable. He’s one of the fastest guards in the league that has developed his shooting and playmaking ability over his short career. However, this incident definitely raises questions about how he can lead a team. We shall see if any action is taken regarding the arrest by the team, how the legal matter is settled, and if Lawson can shed this negative light when the season begins.