Ben Gordon detained for allegedly hitting son released on bail as ex-GF blames 'Karen' who sparked arrest

Ben Gordon detained for allegedly hitting son released on bail as ex-GF blames 'Karen' who sparked arrest
Ben Gordon has reportedly been released on bail after being arrested for allegedly hitting his 10-year-old son (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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QUEENS, NEW YORK CITY: Former Chicago Bulls star Ben Gordon has reportedly been released on bail after being arrested for allegedly hitting his son, 10. The boy was hit so hard that he had to be hospitalized. Gordon faces charges of assault and resisting arrest after he appeared in Queens Criminal Court on Tuesday, October 11. Airport police detained the 39-year-old on Monday, October 10. His son Elijah was taken to Long Island Jewish Hospital, accompanied by his aunt, New York Daily News reported. 

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Meanwhile, Gordon's enraged ex-girlfriend claimed he did not punch his son in the face but was actually targeted by a "Karen” who recognized him as a celebrity. Ashley Banks told New York Post that the "Karen" intervened after recognizing Gordon and sparked his arrest. “The problem is the child was traumatized,” said Banks, who dated Gordon from 2016 to 2020.

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“The child saw his father being arrested, taken away,” Banks said. “He was waiting in custody until his aunt picked him up. So that is the worst part of it, you know, and so we want to really protect him.” The child who was hit by Gordon reportedly had an order of protection out against his father. Banks has now claimed the boy might suffer lifelong scars.

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“We were just disappointed because you keep seeing this pattern with black people,” Banks said. “And it’s sad, but like a child is traumatized from it. How do you calm a 10-year-old? He’s probably going to be scared of the police. Because he’s little.”

According to witnesses, Gordon struck his son with a “closed fist” as they waited for a flight to Chicago. He was barred from boarding the plane and has been accused of locking his arms and resisting arrest. Two Port Authority cops were said to be injured in the arrest. However, the extent of their injuries remains unknown.

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Banks apparently suspects the "Karen" recognized the star and decided to “take advantage” of the situation. She said she had noticed others do the same with Gordon in the past. Gordon, who has admitted that he has mental health issues, has a history of aggressive behavior. Banks told the Daily Mail that she once even got a restraining order against him, but she believes he cannot abuse a child. 

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“I spoke with a child’s mother and like, she’s like, ‘he would absolutely never do that.’ The child’s fine. Safe. Was not hit at all,” Banks told New York Post. “It was completely fabricated. It’s really, really sad. Because when you put something out like that, especially on athletes and celebrities, it doesn’t go away.”

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