An unrestricted NBA free agent, husband of R&B singer Keyshia Cole, turned himself in Monday morning to face second-degree battery charges, New Orleans Police said.
Daniel Gibson, 27, surrendered himself at the New Orleans Police Department's 8th District headquarters in the French Quarterat 9:45 a.m. He was processed at Orleans Parish Prison a short time later and posted $20,000 bond for his release before noon, WDSU.com reported.
According to The Times-Picayune, the incident occurred in a New Orleans club at 5:15 a.m. CT on July 8, according to court records. Gibson and Cole walked by the man, who allegedly thanked Cole for "keeping it real."
Gibson's wife, Keyshia Cole, sang at the Essence Festival in New Orleans on July 6.
The man then turned to tell a friend something, and Gibson allegedly punched the man in the jaw, court records said. Bystanders restrained Gibson while the victim was escorted out of the club.
The man was taken to a local hospital, where doctors determined his jaw had been fractured, court records said. The victim later identified Gibson as his attacker in a photograph line-up, The Times-Picayune writes.
Gibson issued a statement about his arrest to TMZ.com., maintaining his innocence in the incident.
“Earlier this month during the Essence Music Festival, I was involved in an incident with other individuals while I was out with my wife.”
He continues, “It’s unfortunate that some see opportunity in taking advantage of people who work hard for what they have achieved.”
Gibson says he takes pride in being a role model for his son and other kids who look up to him — and adds, “Once all the facts of the incident come out, I expect to be fully vindicated.”
He is set for a courtroom appearance the afternoon of Sept. 27, WDSU.com reported.
Gibson played seven years for the Cleveland Cavaliers but was out with injuries much of last season. He played his college ball at the University of Texas and was a second-round draft pick in 2007.
The point guard is known as a three-point specialist but is coming off his worse season. Gibson, an unrestricted free agent, averaged 5.4 points over 46 games and shot career-worsts 34.0% from the field and 34.4% on threes last season, USA Today writes.