Daniel Gibson faces battery charges

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Current NBA free-agent, Daniel Gibson, is facing a second-degree battery charge, after handing himself in to police in New Orleans on Monday.

According to Yahoo! Sports, Gibson is accused of breaking a man's jaw after punching him during a night-club row on July 8.

Gibson has defended himself, saying he was merely protecting his family when the fight broke out as he and his wife, Keyshia Cole, were celebrating. 

''We encountered a couple of people and I don't know what their motives or intentions were but they came off the wrong way. This guy got real aggressive toward my wife and myself and I did what I felt was necessary to handle the situation," Gibson said in a statement.

''He was very disrespectful toward my wife."

Gibson played for seven years for the Cleveland Cavaliers, but missed the majority of last season due to persistent injuries. 

Despite having been linked with a number of teams in preparation for the next term, Gibson has voiced his concerns over the potential stigma that could be accumulated due to the charges against him.

Gibson said: "Something like this happens and all they (teams) see is that it looks as though I'm out there doing crazy things and I wasn't raised that way. There are a lot of accusations being made and I just want to protect my family and everything I've worked so hard for."

The 27-year-old NBA player told reporters he handed himself in because: ''I felt like I had nothing to hide.''



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