Former NBA player Samuel Dalembert was arrested Sunday in Boca Raton, Fla., and charged with striking his girlfriend and her cousin, the Palm Beach Post reported. Dalembert’s girlfriend is the mother of his 1- and 8-year-old children.
Dalembert was booked on two battery counts and left Palm Beach County Jail on Monday under supervised release, according to the report.
Police were dispatched to the scene after someone from the address dialed 911 and hung up.
The two alleged victims at first told police nothing was wrong but later admitted that they “did not want Dalembert to know they called 911 because they were scared what he might do to them,” the police report says.
Police said Dalembert was acting “aggressively” when they arrived, and they observed an abrasion on the chin of his girlfriend, as well as a fat lip, a bruise on her forehead and an abrasion on her shoulder.
The woman said Dalembert has been “drinking excessively” and “not acting like his normal self” of late, and that he was upset she was taking the kids to Orlando.
When her 26-year-old cousin intervened, the 7-foot, 270-pound Dalembert allegedly put the man in a choke hold, threw him to the ground and head-butted him.
The 36-year-old Haitian hoopster had a middling 13-year career in the NBA that included stints with the 76ers, Kings, Rockets, Bucks, Mavericks and Knicks. Last December, he signed with Shanxi Fenjiu of the Chinese Basketball Association.