Dallas Mavericks officials said Monday they'll withhold judgment on Roy Tarpley's status with the team until charges that he beat a woman who claims to be his girlfriend are settled.
Tarpley was released Sunday from the Houston City Jail on $500 bond after being charged with assaulting Ardia Preston, 30. If convicted he could face up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine.Mavericks' General Manager Norm Sonju said Monday team officials would stand by their troubled player.
Tarpley was in Houston where he had been seeking aftercare at the John Lucas Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Clinic on an outpatient basis for the past two weeks, Sonju said.
Police said the altercation began when Preston told Tarpley that she planned to move back to Dallas. She called police from Tarpley's apartment at 4:16 a.m. Sunday to report the beating, police spokesman Richard Retz said. After making the call, she waited for assistance in the apartment complex's parking lot.
Tarpley's attorney, Jay Ethington, termed the incident a "domestic-type squabble."