More Details Emerging From Raptors Guard Terence Davis Alleged Domestic Assault Case
We are learning more about the alleged domestic assault charges against Toronto Raptors’ guard Terence Davis.
“The New York District Attorney’s Office has dismissed domestic assault charges against Toronto Raptors G Terence Davis stemming from an October 2020 incident at a New York hotel,” Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN NBA Insider said in a Tweet.
According to Sports Illustrated (which included the Wojnarowski report in its article), Davis was “arrested outside a New York hotel last Fall and was charged by New York police after allegedly getting into a verbal dispute and physical altercation with his girlfriend. Davis allegedly grabbed and broke her phone, according to a statement from the NYPD”.
But, while those alleged charges were reportedly dismissed, there’s still more pertinent information related to this case.
“(Five) of the 7 charges against Davis were dismissed, relating to assaultive conduct,” The Athletic’s Blake Murphy said in a Tweet. “The Family ACD applies to 2 remaining counts: Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Criminal Mischief in the 4th Degree.”
Murphy reported that “Davis was originally facing seven charges, including two counts of third-degree assault, stemming from an October incident in New York, in which he allegedly got into a verbal argument with his girlfriend and ‘subject hit the victim in the face,’ according to an NYPD statement. The Manhattan District Attorney’s office moved Friday (February 19) to dismiss the five counts relating to assaultive conduct.”
In October when this news was reported, the Raptors released a statement saying: “incidents of this kind are addressed and managed by the League through the Joint NBA-NBPA Policy on Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse. The Toronto Raptors take these issues very seriously, and we will fully cooperate and support the League in its investigation of this matter as we work to determine the appropriate next steps for our team.”
For some further clarification on what those two charges Davis is reportedly still facing are exactly, here’s what “Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree” is defined as in New York. According to the New York State Unified Court System: “A person is guilty of Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree when that person, having no right to do so nor any reasonable ground to believe that he or she has such right, recklessly damages property of another in an amount exceeding two hundred fifty dollars.”
This would make sense as most phones these days are well over that price-point.
The charge of “Endangering the Welfare of a Child” is defined by The New York State Senate as follows:
“A person is guilty of endangering the welfare of a child when: 1. He or she knowingly acts in a manner likely to be injurious to the physical, mental or moral welfare of a child less than seventeen years old or directs or authorizes such child to engage in an occupation involving a substantial risk of danger to his or her life or health; or 2. Being a parent, guardian or other person legally charged with the care or custody of a child less than eighteen years old, he or she fails or refuses to exercise reasonable diligence in the control of such child to prevent him or her from becoming an ‘abused child,’ a ‘neglected child,’ a ‘juvenile delinquent’ or a ‘person in need of supervision,’ as those terms are defined in articles ten, three and seven of the family court act.”The New York State Senate: “The Laws Of New York Section 260.10 Endangering the welfare of a child”
According to Sportsnet’s Steven Loung: “In the Terence Davis case, Judge Michael Gaffey granted an Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal. As long as Davis ‘stays out of trouble’ for the year his record will automatically be dismissed, the judge told him.”
In the meantime, Davis is still playing with the Raptors.
Davis is in his second NBA season. So far, in 24 games, he’s averaging 6.7 points a game and has a 91.7% free throw percentage. The Raptors have started out the year at 16-15 thus far.
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