Former NBA and UConn star Ben Gordon arrested in Stamford; police allege erratic behavior

Ben Gordon was arrested Tuesday morning on his 40th birthday for allegedly threatening employees at Juice Kings on Atlantic Street in Stamford with a knife.

Mark Sudol

Apr 6, 2023, 4:15 PM

Updated 378 days ago

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Police are speaking publicly for the first time with News 12 Connecticut about the arrest of former UConn and NBA star Ben Gordon, accusing the retired basketball player of erratic behavior.
Police say he was arrested hours after the UConn men won the national championship. Gordon was arrested Tuesday morning on his 40th birthday for allegedly threatening employees at Juice Kings on Atlantic Street in Stamford with a knife.
Police say he resisted arrest.
"He started to act very erratic and bizarre and would not comply with their commands, and at some point, the officers working in concert took him into custody using very limited force," said Stamford Assistant Police Chief Richard Conklin.
Police say at police headquarters they also found a stun gun and brass knuckles in his backpack. They say Gordon started acting erratically again, but their behavioral health unit calmed him down.
Police believe he is struggling with mental health issues.
Gordon has been in the news recently for other incidents, including allegedly punching his 10-year-old son at LaGuardia Airport and causing a scene at a McDonald's in Chicago.
"It's very sad. Here's a world-class athlete," said Conklin.
Gordon has been the pride of Mount Vernon, New York, where we went to high school. He was on the 2004 UConn men’s basketball national championship team.
Gordon was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the NBA and later played for Detroit, Charlotte and Orlando.
Police say he is now with his family after they posted his $10,000 bond.
"The good news that came out of this - he's with family and friends, and hopefully they can get him whatever resources are appropriate," said Conklin.
Police say they don't know why Gordon was in Stamford.
Police say no one was injured in the incident.
Gordon is due in court April 18.


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