Raymond Felton, a new addition to the Dallas Mavericks’ platoon of guards, has been suspended for the first four games of the 2014-15 NBA regular season for pleading guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm.
Dallas' Raymond Felton suspended four games for guilty pleas to gun charges, NBA says.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) August 7, 2014
Dallas' Raymond Felton suspended four games for guilty pleas to gun charges, NBA says.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) August 7, 2014
Felton, who will be suspended without pay, took a plea deal admitting to a felony in order to avoid jail time according to FOX News. The crime Felton has pleaded guilty to stems from his time in New York, when he knowingly had ammunition and a semi-automatic pistol without a license.
“Today we were made aware of Raymond Felton’s suspension,” Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said in a statement. “We also learned that Raymond will be permitted to complete his community service outside the state of New York. The Mavericks are working with Raymond and the court to develop a community service program that will have a positive and lasting impact on North Texas.”
Felton was sentenced to 500 hours of community service and forced to a pay a $5,000 fine. Felton is allowed to practice and participate in preseason games. Felton will look to bounce back after a career low 9.7 points and 5.6 assists per contests last season for the Knicks.