Los Angeles Lakers All-Star forward and leading scorer James Worthy was arrested Thursday on charges of solicitation of prostitution, police said.
Worthy, in Houston with the Lakers to play the Rockets, allegedly called an escort service at about 3:45 p.m. Thursday from his hotel room. The escort service, however, was linked to the Houston Police Department.Worthy posted bond and was released, but did not arrive at The Summit in time to start against the Rockets. Sam Perkins started in place of Worthy at forward.
Worthy arrived at The Summit early in the second quarter under police escort. Worthy changed into his uniform and was greeted by loud cheers when he entered the arena. He then entered the game with 9:41 left in the first half and again was greeted by cheers.
Worthy did not leave the game after that and finished with 24 points. He was instrumental in Los Angeles pulling out a 108-103 overtime win over the Rockets.
"This is a tough night," Worthy said after the game. "I didn't want to run away from the situation. Other than the death of a close friend, this is the toughest situation I've had to play in. I tried to do the best I could. I knew I had to focus."
Worthy would not talk about his arrest.
Worthy allegedly called the escort service and requested two women, and two female undercover officers went to the hotel where Worthy allegedly asked them to participate in sexual acts.