Providence Player LaDontae Henton Charged with Misdemeanor Assault
News came late last evening about Providence Friars forward, LaDontae Henton, being arrested after a domestic disturbance. Fast forward a few hours and a day later, the sophomore is being charged with a misdemeanor assault.
Reportedly, Henton and his lady friend got into an argument that escalated quickly. Henton’s girlfriend, Kristin Smith, apparently smashed his TV as well as some other personal belongings. In return, again only reportedly, Henton smashed her phone, punched her and threw Smith to the ground.
Henton averaged 13 points last season for a Providence team who was clearly getting better as the season went on. Henton was also one of Ed Cooley‘s first recruits to join the program when he took over. Obviously, Cooley has yet to publicly comment on the matter — leaving it safe to assume he wants to talk to Henton before going forward.
According to police, Henton will be charged with a misdemeanor assault. The allegations from both sides were from an incident which happened inside the player’s dorm room. Obviously, Henton’s basketball and academic careers are at stake as far as what happens down the road regarding the matter, and if he ends up being a habitual trouble-marker or not.
The 6-foot-7 forward will be due to appear in court on May 16. As reported by several media outlets, not only has Cooley refused to speak on the comment, but so has the university spokesperson, so don’t read anything into it. Not to mention, this is far more a court-related affair than a team one at the moment.
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