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NBA’s Kyle Lowry pleads guilty to battery charge for throwing ball at referee

Las Vegas judge approves plea deal for Houston Rockets player to perform 100 hours of community service


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Houston Rockets guard Kyle Lowry, left, and Los Angeles Clippers guard Mo Williams, right, scramble for a loose ball in the first half of a NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, in Los Angeles.

NBA guard Kyle Lowry entered a no contest plea Thursday to a misdemeanor battery charge for throwing a basketball at a female referee and threatening her during a pickup game last September in Las Vegas.

Lowry, 25, wasn’t in court today, but was represented by his attorney, Patrick McDonald.

McDonald told Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Eric Goodman that under an agreement with prosecutors, the matter would be dismissed if Lowry would complete 100 hours of community service at a battered women’s shelter or similar program, enroll in impulse control counseling and stay out of trouble for a minimum of six months.

Goodman approved the agreement.

“If he does that, it’s dismissed. If not, conviction, and we’ll go from there,” Goodman said.

Goodman put Lowry’s next court date for 7:30 a.m. July 19.

Lowry, who plays for the Houston Rockets, was accused of taunting Infini Robinson while she was officiating an game between NBA players Sept. 22. Police say he threw the ball at her torso and cursed at her when the game ended.

Robinson was hit by another basketball while she was changing her shoes in an area designated for officials.

The report says Lowry later apologized, saying he let his emotions get the best of him.

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  1. I'm so sick of spoiled, multi-millionaire, professional sports players catching multiple breaks from our judicial system. This is yet another example of wealthy folks buying their own brand of justice. For once, just once, I'd like to see these "adult" 2-year-olds taken to the proverbial woodshed and taught a real lesson in civility.