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Lakers' Hill releases statement following assault charges

Los Angeles Lakers forward Jordan Hill issued a statement Monday after reportedly being charged with a third-degree felony for allegedly choking a woman.

According to the Los Angeles Times, which cited the Harris County district attorney's office in Texas, Hill was involved in a confrontation two months ago with Darlene Luna, with whom he was having a relationship.

The argument escalated, and Hill "pulled her off a sofa and dragged her toward the cell phones before throwing her against a wall. Hill then put her in a chokehold, which caused her to gasp for air, according to the complaint."

Hill was with the Houston Rockets at the time of the February 29 incident. He was traded two weeks later for Derek Fisher and a first-round pick.

"I'm saddened to learn of the accusations that were filed against me today. At this time I cannot comment further other than to say that my attorneys are working to gather all the facts and evidence and I plan to cooperate completely with the authorities," Hill said in a statement released by the team's staff.

"I'd like to apologize to the Lakers organization and to all of their fans for the untimeliness of these accusations. I promise to keep my focus and attention on the playoffs during this time and to helping my team with another championship."

Hill, limited by a knee injury during the regular season, played 24-plus minutes in the Lakers' first-round Game 1 win over the Nuggets on Sunday and posted 10 points and 10 rebounds.