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Rockets' Alston arrested, charged with assault, public intoxication

8/6/2007 - NBA Rafer Alston Houston Rockets + more

HOUSTON -- Rockets guard Rafer Alston was arrested early
Sunday morning in downtown Houston on charges of assault and public
intoxication, police said.

Both charges against Alston, 31, are misdemeanors, said Victor
Senties, spokesman for the Houston police. Further details of the
incident weren't available Sunday night.

"We are aware of the situation and are attempting to get more
details about the incident," Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey
said in a statement. "While we do not have all the facts yet, it
is nevertheless very disappointing to have one of our players
involved with any police activity. We will continue working with
the authorities in order to get to the bottom of the situation."

Senties had no information about whether Alston had been jailed
or if the player had an attorney. A phone listing for Alston could
not immediately be located.

The 6-foot-2 player out of Fresno State joined the NBA during
the 1999-2000 season with Milwaukee. He signed with the Rockets in
2004 and averaged 13.3 points per game last season.