Soon after, Chris Herring of the Wall Street Journal reported that his sources with law enforcement said that Felton had been officially arrested on gun charges. Herring then added that Felton’s arrest was for “criminal possession of a weapon” and will face second, third and fourth degree charges as a result of the incident, two of which are felonies.
Details regarding the point guard’s arrest are almost surely to follow and surface in the near future, but they aren’t currently available as the news is still fresh. What we can surmise is that Felton’s near-future and possibly his long-term future with the Knicks is in jeopardy because of this incident.
At the recently passed NBA Trade Deadline, the Knicks were pretty openly and blatantly trying to rid themselves of Felton and bring in some sort of a replacement. Though Felton wasn’t included in every proposed deal that they were rumored to be a part of, almost every return package that the Knicks could have gotten back included a point guard that would more than likely have taken Felton’s job.
Felton’s struggles this season have been abundant on the floor for New York, but these chargers are obviously the biggest and most worrisome. As Ian Begley of ESPN New York said in his report, Plaxico Burress went to prison for two years on a plea deal from gun charges amidst the state’s strict laws on gun possession and could have faced 3.5 years or more in prison had he been convicted at trial.
More than likely, we’re not going to see Felton on the court again this season for the Knicks. What adds a wrinkle to this story in terms of basketball is that the Knicks waived veteran Beno Udrih on Monday, meaning they are now extremely shallow at the position. No one wishes for an athlete to have to go down this road, but Felton’s future in the NBA is rapidly dissipating.