Prosecutors dropping assault case against Sprewell

Updated: February 4, 2008, 1:46 PM ET
Associated Press

HARRISON, N.Y. -- Prosecutors are dropping their case against former NBA player Latrell Sprewell, who was accused of roughing up his girlfriend in front of their children.

Lucian Chalfen, spokesman for Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore, said Monday that the case was adjourned in contemplation of dismissal on Friday, meaning the charges will be dismissed in a year if Sprewell keeps out of trouble.

An order of protection against Sprewell on behalf of the girlfriend, Candace Cabbil, remains in effect, Chalfen said.

Sprewell, who played for the Golden State Warriors, the New York Knicks and the Minnesota Timberwolves, was a four-time All-Star but is perhaps best known for attacking his Golden State Warriors coach, P.J. Carlesimo, during a 1997 practice. In 2005, Sprewell turned down a three-year, $21 million contract extension from Minnesota and has not played professional basketball since. He lives in River Hills, Wis.

Sprewell was charged in December 2006 with third-degree assault, obstructing governmental administration and five counts of endangering children. The complaint said Sprewell assaulted Cabbil in their home in the New York City suburb of Purchase and refused to let in police for 90 minutes.

In May, four of the five endangering children charges were dropped, and all remaining charges were included in Friday's adjournment, which was agreed to by Harrison Town Judge Mark Lust.

Sprewell's lawyer, George Bellantoni, said, "This is what Latrell maintained all along, that there was no merit to the charges."

Bellantoni said a lawsuit filed in Manhattan by Cabbil had also been settled. He would not disclose terms.


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