A former NBA player was arrested this week after striking his 10-year-old son at the airport after an American Airlines employee witnessed the man punching the young boy in the face multiple times.
According to multiple reports, Ben Gordon, a former Chicago Bull, was at New York’s La Guardia Airport with his 10-year-old son when he was witnessed by an American Airlines employee repeatedly striking his son in the face.
CBS Sports notes that the 39-year-old Gordon was taken into custody by Port Authority police and that Gordon resisted arrest injuring at least two officers in the process.
Gordon was already under a restraining order dating back to 2018 that prevented him from traveling with his son outside the State of Illinois and was restricted from committing physical abuse against his son.
This is not the first time Gordon has faced legal trouble. The British-born player was previously arrested in 2017 for pulling fire alarms in his apartment building and was admitted into a psychiatric facility after an incident involving a female later that year.
Gordon, who suffers from bipolar disorder, was later arrested after an altercation with his apartment manager where a knife was alleged to be used.
Gordon faces multiple charges from the recent airport incident and his son was taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation.