Ben Gordon, a former Chicago Bulls player, was detained at LaGuardia Airport after beating his son, 10, so severely that the boy had to be taken to the hospital.
According to the New York Daily News, Gordon, 39, was held by airport police on Monday night and his son Elijah was transferred with his aunt to Long Island Jewish Hospital.
The athlete, who was born in Britain and reared in New York, was reportedly anticipated to face many charges, including resisting arrest, according to sources.
The troublesome athlete, who played for the Chicago Bulls from 2004 to 2009 before switching to the Detroit Pistons, has had run-ins with the police previously.
As a rookie with the Bulls in 2005, Gordon shared the court with Luol Deng and earned the Sixth Man Award.
He spent two seasons with the Charlotte Bobcats before concluding his playing career in 2015 with the Orlando Magic.
Soon after, Gordon started having problems, and he has been candid about his battles with his mental health.
He penned the following moving article on The Player’s Tribune in 2020: “There was a moment when I contemplated suicide every single day for around six weeks.
I was living in a brownstone up in Harlem at the time, immediately after my last season in the league.
“I had very much lost everything at once—my family, my identity, and my work.” I had bipolar disorder. I didn’t eat. I wasn’t dozing off.
And when I say I wasn’t sleeping, I really mean I wasn’t sleeping at all. I would consistently awaken at the same time each night. The demons would then emerge at that time.
In 2017, Gordon was detained more than once, first for using a fake license to drive in New York and later for hitting the management of an apartment building in Los Angeles.
Gordon threatened the guy with a knife and grabbed what he claimed to be his security deposit; as a consequence, the court ordered him to get counseling.
He received a mental examination mandate in late October as a result of an altercation with a lady in the Mount Vernon, New York, shop he owns.
Gordon was discovered confined in the store’s restroom after police were called by the lady.
He became violent during their disagreement, throwing and breaking objects before shutting her inside the business, the lady said to the police.
The “Of Our Own” shop serves as a healing and rehabilitation facility for athletes.
In his 2020 essay, Gordon said, “It became so terrible that they had me taken to a mental institution, and the trouble was that I didn’t even comprehend why it was happening.”
“Like in the movies,” someone said. I’m in a white room with nurses and physicians tying me to a bed. They are taking off the bottoms of my jeans and inserting needles in my arms while wearing scrubs and gloves.
It was frightening,
He argued that others should get treatment and claimed that the therapy had already benefited.
Regarding Gordon’s arrest, the Port Authority police department has not issued a statement.