The Houston Rockets basketball team has banned shooting guard Kevin Porter Jr. following allegations of domestic violence. Multiple outlets reported that Porter was arrested last month on charges of assaulting his girlfriend, former WNBA player Kysre Gondrezick, in a New York City hotel room. The incident allegedly left Gondrezick with a fractured neck vertebra and a deep cut above her right eye.
Rockets General Manager Rafael Stone confirmed that Porter has not been with the team since the allegations were made public and will not be part of the franchise moving forward. The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have yet to comment on Porter’s future in the league. Porter, who was arrested on September 11, did not participate in Houston’s media day on Monday.
Representatives for Porter have yet to respond to requests for comment. This is not the first time Porter has faced legal issues, as he was previously accused of assault and gun charges in 2020.
The Rockets had signed Porter to a four-year, $82.5 million contract, guaranteeing him $15.86 million this year.