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Stoudemire charged with punching daughter

MIAMI (AP) – Former Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks star Amar’e Stoudemire is facing a misdemeanour battery charge after he allegedly hit one of his teenage daughters in the face.

Miami-Dade County court records show that Stoudemire, 40, was arrested early Sunday and later released on USD1,500 bond with a no-contact order issued.

Miami Police officials did not immediately respond to a phone message from The Associated Press. But The Miami Herald, citing a police report, said Stoudemire struck one of his two teenage daughters during an argument at his Miami home on Saturday night. The newspaper said he has two daughters, ages 17 and 14, but the report doesn’t specify which one he allegedly struck.

According to the paper, the 2.1 metres, 115 kilogrammes Stoudemire confronted the girl and accused her of being disrespectful to his mother during a phone call.

When she denied it, he told her “You’re talking back again”, and punched her in the jaw, leaving her bleeding, the report said.

Amar’e Stoudemire watches an NBA basketball game. PHOTO: AP

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