Ty Lawson Pushes Pregnant Girlfriend Ashley Nicole Pettiford: Nuggets Point Guard, Reality TV Star Arrested [PHOTO]
Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson and his girlfriend, reality television personality Ashley Nicole Pettiford were both arrested earlier this week for domestic abuse. Pettiford has appeared on Bad Girls Club.
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Details are emerging that Lawson allegedly pushed Pettiford, who is pregnant. Pettiford told police that Lawson pushed her after she began to fight with him about being on the phone with another woman at 2:30 a.m. Pettiford's mother is the person who actually called the cops, telling them "Lawson has pushed her in the past."
Pettiford wanted to leave after their fight worsened, but Lawson allegedly would not let her retrieve her clothes. In a police report Pettiford claimed, "he grabbed both of her arms, above the elbow, and started pushing her back to the bed telling her, 'I'll get the clothes.'"
In frustration, Pettiford then admitted to taking Lawson's cell phone and breaking it against a wall. In retaliation, Lawson tried to shatter hers against a wall. When it didn't break into pieces, Lawson ran the phone under a faucet.
Initial reports of the story in The Denver Post made mention of the broken cell phones, but quoted Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson saying, "They were yelling at each other and broke each other's phones. I don't believe it was physical otherwise." The initial reports also left out that Pettiford, who also goes by the name Ashley King, was six months pregnant.
Lawson has been charged with physical harassment and criminal mischief. In addition, a mandatory order of protection was taken out against him, prohibiting Lawson from contacting her. Pettiford also was slapped with a criminal mischief charge; both were released on $1,000 bond.
This offseason trouble is not good for the Nuggets, who followed a disappointing first-round playoff exit as a No. 3 seed with an offseason of immense turnover, losing their head coach and several front office personnel.
Lawson is coming off the best season of his NBA career, in which he averaged a career high 16.7 points per game, and career best 6.9 assists.