Toronto Raptors respond to assault charges against rookie Terence Davis

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The Toronto Raptors are responding to charges against rookie Terence Davis who was arrested in New York on Tuesday after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend.

The team released a statement on Friday acknowledging that the 23-year-old had been charged with seven criminal offenses “following an incident involving a woman in Manhattan.”

“Incidents of this type are dealt with and managed by the League through the joint NBA-NBPA policy on domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse,” the statement said. “The Toronto Raptors take these issues very seriously, and we will cooperate and fully support the League in its investigation into this matter as we work to determine the appropriate next steps for our team.

The incident happened at the Beekman Hotel in Manhattan around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the New York Police Department.

The victim alleges she went to visit her boyfriend at the hotel when the two had a verbal argument, NYPD Detective Denise Moroney said in a statement to CP24 on Wednesday.

The victim alleges the accused then punched her in the face before grabbing and smashing her phone, Moroney said.

Davis was arraigned Wednesday on charges of assault, attempted assault, endangering a child’s well-being, criminal mischief, aggravated harassment and harassment.

Defense attorney Greg Esposito said Davis denies the charges.

Davis’ next court date is set for December 11.

The rookie played Ole Miss before joining the Raptors as an undrafted free agent ahead of the start of the 2019-20 season.

Davis averaged 7.5 points per game and was fifth among rookies with a three-point shooting percentage. He was named to the league’s second All-Rookie team.

-With files from the Canadian Press

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