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Ex-NBA player arrested for alleged battery in Boca

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Former NBA player Samuel Dalembert was arrested Sunday after he allegedly struck his girlfriend and her cousin, according to an arrest report.

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Dalembert, 36, is facing two counts of battery and walked out of the Palm Beach County Jail Monday morning under supervised release.


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Boca Raton police were called to the 800 block of Northeast Orchid Bay Drive after 911 dispatch reported someone had called and hung up at the address.

When police arrived they met with the 7-foot, 270-pound Dalembert, whose demeanor officers described as “aggressive.”

The girlfriend, who has 8- and 1-year-old children with Dalembert, and her cousin initially told police nothing was wrong but later admitted “they did not want Dalembert to know they called 911 because they were scared what he might do to them,” the report said.

Dalembert became upset after finding out that his girlfriend was leaving for Orlando with their two children.

The woman had an abrasion on her chin, a swollen lip, a small bruise on her forehead and an abrasion to her left shoulder, the report said. She told police that Dalembert has been “drinking excessively” and “not acting like his normal self” recently.

The woman’s cousin said he had to intervene to keep Dalembert from striking her, the report said. Dalembert then allegedly attacked the 26-year-old man, grabbing him by the neck and putting him in a choke hold, throwing him to the ground and head-butting him, the report said.

Dalembert, born in Haiti, played college basketball at Seton Hall before he was drafted in the first round by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2001 NBA Draft.

Dalembert played with the 76ers, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, Dallas Mavericks and the New York Knicks during a 13-year NBA career that ended after he played 32 games for the Knicks during the 2014-15 season. He averaged 7.7 points and 7.8 rebounds during his career and was primarily known as a shot blocker.

Last December, Dalembert signed with Shanxi Fenjiu of the Chinese Basketball Association.

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