Nailon in inactive list after assault, harassment charges

Updated: January 25, 2006, 6:11 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia 76ers forward Lee Nailon was arraigned Wednesday on simple assault and harassment charges stemming from a fight with his wife at home.

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Nailon was placed on the inactive list and will not practice, play or travel with the team, Sixers president Billy King said.

"These are serious allegations, but at this point in time, I think as an organization, we'll let the legal system run its course," King said following practice.

A message left for Nailon's attorney, Adrian Moody, was not immediately returned.

Lower Merion Township police said they were called to Nailon's home Tuesday afternoon and an officer noticed Nailon's wife, Marti, had minor injuries. She told police the two had argued and that Nailon had hit her.

Nailon has three daughters, ages 6, 5 and 2. He said at Wednesday's hearing that they were staying with their grandmother in Wichita, Kan. Nailon, who was arraigned by video, said he believed his wife went to another home the couple has in Wichita.

Nailon, 30, has played in 22 games with Philadelphia this season, his sixth in the NBA, averaging 4.2 points, 1.9 rebounds and 10.8 minutes.

Nailon was investigated at Southeastern Community College in 1995 that he verbally assaulted a woman; was arrested in 1999 on drug possession and evading arrest charges; and faced two felony charges for failing to pay child support in 2000.

"Every organization we talked to said he's a good guy that practiced hard, played hard and does a lot of the right things," King said.

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