Rafer says the opposite.
Rockets' Alston Denies Wrongdoing
HOUSTON -- Houston Rockets guard Rafer Alston was arrested early Sunday morning in downtown Houston on charges of assault and public intoxication, police said.
Alston allegedly grabbed a parking attendant's arm, shook him and then spit on him after Alston's vehicle had been towed from a lot on the corner of Fannin at Prairie at 1:45 a.m. on Sunday.
Alston denies all of that.
"Didn't do either. Never did nothing to the guy. We got into a shouting match. My car was towed and I was basically asking the parking attendant where he had my car towed to. He blew me off once or twice and we got into a shouting match. There were no hits, nothing transpired. The guy runs off and yells down the street, like, he needed an officer over here. Before you know it, the officer puts me in cuffs and takes me downtown," Alston told FOX 26 Sports.
The attendant, who has filed charges, said Alston parked illegally and did not pay.
Alston says that is not accurate. He said he parked his car, waited 10 to 15 minutes but no one came so he went across the street. When he returned, his car was towed.
Alston was stunned when he got arrested.
"I asked the guy what was I being charged with and he said public intoxication and assaulting someone, and I said, 'I am neither of those,'" Alston said.
Alston feels the police involved in his arrest treated him unfairly.
"Very much so. I didn't do anything. I've never had this happen to me. I've never been in a situation like this ever in my life. I'm not saying I am an angel. I've never been in trouble. Yes, I have been in trouble before, but I've never had this situation happen to me," Alston said.
Alston says while he was in jail overnight he was never fingerprinted and wasn't even told when his court date is.
"It's an unfortunate situation that I am saddened to be in. It's very uncomfortable," Alston said.
Alston is deeply bothered at the news coverage this incident has received.
"I am bothered. I've barely even eaten anything today. I am disturbed. I've always been a good person, a good citizen, a good teammate and now you have this and all it takes is for somebody to think you are a bad person and I am truly not," Alston said.
Dan Fagan, Alston's agent, told FOX 26 Sports, "Although Rafer regrets what happened and apologizes to his fans, teammates and (the Rockets) organization for any distraction, the accounts of what happened are widely exaggerated by individuals that stand to profit and we are confident that when the full story is reported, Rafer will be vindicated from any wrongdoing."
The 6-foot-2 player out of Fresno State joined the NBA during the 1999-2000 season with Milwaukee. Alston signed with the Rockets in 2004 and averaged 13.3 points last season.
Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey said Monday morning following Alston's arrest that he was aware of the situation.
"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."
Both charges against Alston are misdemeanors, said Victor Senties, a Houston police spokesman.