Ex-NBA star Ben Gordon arrested for battery after an alleged altercation at McDonald’s in Chicago

Former Chicago Bulls star, Ben Gordon, has been arrested on the allegations he assaulted two security guards when leaving a restaurant in Chicago early Friday morning.

Police responded to a call at 3:28 AM concerning a disturbance at the fast food chain, according to a Chicago Police Department spokesperson. CWB Chicago identified the restaurant in question as the McDonald’s in River North.

Gordon, 39, was being escorted out of the establishment by two security guards when he punched one of the men, throwing him to the ground, and proceeded to push the second security officer, CWB Chicago reported. It is unknown at the moment why the former Sixth Man of the Year winner was being forced to leave. Both security guards, 29 and 21 respectively, refused medical treatment when authorities arrived on the scene, but Gordon was taken into custody on two counts of misdemeanor battery.

According to Chicago Police Department records, Gordon was released from Near North (18th) District police station per his own recognizance.

Gordon, who played the first five years of his career with the Chicago Bulls, has made a habit of running afoul of the law in recent years. In 2017, he was picked up for driving with a forged license plate and for pulling the fire alarm of his Los Angeles apartment building when there was no emergency. That same year, he was arrested for an alleged assault and armed robbery when he got into an altercation with the building manager of his former apartment building. The dispute was over the full amount of Gordon’s deposit that he felt he was owed. These charges were later dropped when the two reached a “civil compromise,” according to TMZ.

The latest incident follows on the heels of the Mount Vernon native being arrested last month for allegedly striking his son. The former shooting guard and his son were awaiting their flight to Chicago in New York’s LaGuardia airport when Port Authority police arrested him. Two Port Authority officers reportedly sustained minor injuries in the arrest though it is unclear how they were derived.

Gordon’s rocky history with law enforcement dovetails with his 2015 exit from the NBA after an 11-year career. In a 2020, op-ed piece for The Player’s Tribune, he detailed his struggles with mental health and the adjustment to his post-basketball life. In the intimate, sometimes difficult to read, piece he reveals he has bi-polar disorder.

“Now I’m bipolar. I’m not sleeping, but I got spikes of energy. I’m in my bag. I’m spontaneous. I’m doing whatever I want. It’s turnup time,” he wrote. “So now I’m not sleeping and my mind is racing and my body and my brain starts breaking down. I’m hallucinating. I’m seeing shit that isn’t there. I’m hearing voices. I’m feeling like maybe God is talking to me, trying to tell me something. That’s when I start pulling fire alarms and shit.That’s when I start getting arrested.”

Gordon said that he was convinced that after his last season in the league he’d entered purgatory, and wrote about the many times he’d contemplated suicide.

“I would be up on the roof of my apartment building at four o’ clock in the morning, just pacing to the edge of the ledge, looking over — pacing back and forth, back and forth — just thinking, I’m really about to do it, B,” he wrote.

Gordon said that he sought out help for when he was in the depths of that depression, and it allowed him to know himself better as he climbed out of the hole he had dug himself. He wrote that he was still working through traumatic experiences that he wasn’t ready to talk about publicly, yet. He concludes imploring that if anyone is struggling like he was that shouldn’t make the same mistakes he did.

“Get some help,” Gordon wrote.


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