Stephenson Speaks On Allegations

While rocking a No. 6 Pacers jersey in Tarrytown, NY, while posing for photos that will appear on his rookie card, Lance Stephenson spoke briefly about his recent trouble. The AP has more: “Though he has not spoken to anyone from the Indiana Pacers, Lance Stephenson is well aware of Larry Bird’s disappointment with his arrest. Stephenson says he heard about Bird’s strongly worded statement that was critical of his actions and plans to speak to the Pacers president. ‘I’m just going to try to stay focused,’ Stephenson said Tuesday at the New York Knicks’ training facility, where he joined other rookies getting photographed for their Panini trading cards. ‘I’m going to talk to him, see how he feels about it and I’m going to move forward from it.’ Stephenson, 19, was arrested Sunday in New York on assault, menacing and harassment charges. Prosecutors said the Pacers’ draft pick pushed his girlfriend down a flight of stairs, then grabbed her and hit her head on the bottom step. On Monday, Bird called the arrest ‘very disappointing to the Pacers franchise and to me personally.'”