New Dallas Maverick point guard Raymond Felton entered a guilty plea in a Manhattan State Supreme Court today to having an unlawful firearm. The plea to the felony charge will keep him from having to do any jail time.
“I apologize. I realize what I did was wrong”, said Raymond in court.
Felton will have to do 500 hours of community service and pay a $5,000 fine for the offense. New York has some of the toughest gun laws in the country, so avoiding jail time was an accomplishment in the case.
During a divorce with his then wife, she brought his loaded gun to a local police precinct saying she wanted it out of their home. The police contacted Felton, and he cooperated with their investigation by turning himself in ironically after a Mavs vs New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden.
He was traded to the Dallas Mavericks, along with Tyson Chandler, only a month ago. Dallas will be his fifth team to play for since being drafted in 2005. The NBA has not commented on an further disciplinary action for the criminal case.
His attorney James Walden stated, “At this point, Raymond is looking to starting the next chapter of his life and focusing on success in Dallas.”
He will be looking to rebound from his worst NBA season of his career, averaging only 9.7 points per game.