Former Miami Heat player Amar’e Stoudemire was charged with misdemeanor battery on Saturday after he allegedly punched his daughter.

In the arrest report, Stoudemire’s unidentified daughter, a minor, claimed that he accused her of “giving attitude” to her grandmother and then proceeded to punch her in the jaw, slap her in the face and slap her several times on her body. There are also quotes from Stoudemire’s ex-wife, the girl’s mother and Stoudemire himself in the report.

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Police stated in the arrest report, “I observed blood stains on the victim’s sweater and sweatpants. The mother of the victim showed me the photo she received from her daughter, which shows the victim crying and blood running down her face.”

Stoudemire told police that his daughter “received a whooping from him for being disrespectful and a liar.”

He denied all of the allegations to the public in a Dec. 18 Instagram post. “Over the last 24 hours, an incident at my family home led to my being charged with assaulting my daughter. It is an allegation based on a report that does not square with the facts,” he wrote.

“I am of the Jewish faith, today Jewish people all over the world celebrate Hanukkah and hear the story of how we fought wickedness. I believe that ‘whatever is hateful to you, do not do to others,'” the basketball player continued. “As the investigation unfolds, the facts will show the allegations to be groundless as my daughter’s medical condition is not the result of being assaulted by a father who is nearly 7 feet tall and weighs 250 pounds.”

He concluded, “I could never see myself assaulting any person, especially my children. I respect, protect, and love my family, particularly my children. As a father, I ask for your grace as we secure our space and privacy.

Following his arrest, Stoudemire was issued a pretrial no-contact order and released on $1,500 bail. He is scheduled to appear in court next on Jan. 17, 2023.

If you or a loved one is dealing with domestic abuse, please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or at https://www.thehotline.org/.

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