Ex-NBA player Newman guilty of domestic battery

11/16/2005 - NBA

RICHMOND, Va. -- Former NBA player Johnny Newman was sentenced to 60 days in jail and fined $500 for assaulting his

The 41-year-old Newman was convicted Monday of domestic assault and battery, and the jail term was suspended. An appeal is scheduled Jan. 11 in Henrico County Circuit Court.

Dawnn Lewis Newman, 45, an actress who has appeared in the TV
show "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper," said in an emergency-protection
order that Newman attacked her Sept. 3 in his suburban Richmond

She said Newman grabbed her by the throat, threatened to kill
her and dragged her down a set of stairs by her legs.

Kevin Schork, Newman's attorney, told the Richmond
Times-Dispatch that her claim was without merit. He was in court
Wednesday and did not immediately return a telephone message left
by The Associated Press.

Newman now coaches the Richmond Generals of the American
Basketball Association. A telephone listing could not be found for

Newman, the University of Richmond's leading career scorer, was
drafted in the second round by the Cleveland Cavaliers and played
for seven teams in a 17-year career.