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Cleveland Cavaliers swingman Kevin Porter Jr. was arrested early Sunday morning and cited for improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol says troopers responded to a report of a crash on Interstate 76 in Mahoning County shortly after 2:00 a.m. There, they found a 2020 Mercedes GLE that had veered off the side of the road and overturned.
Porter was not injured in the crash, which was determined to have been caused by driver fatigue. The State Highway Patrol says officers also found a .45-caliber handgun and suspected marijuana in the vehicle.
Porter was taken to the Mahoning County jail for improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, a felony offense, along with failure to control and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
“Mr. Porter was issued a summons for a petty offense and released,” his attorney Alex Spiro said in a statement emailed to the USA TODAY Sports. “We are gathering information and will have further comment at a later point.”
Porter was released Sunday on $4,000 bond.
Kevin Porter Jr. averaged 23.2 minutes per game during the 2019-20 season as a rookie for the Cleveland Cavaliers. (Photo: David Richard, USA TODAY Sports)
“We are aware of the situation involving Kevin Porter Jr. and are in the process of gathering information,” the Cavaliers said a statement. “We have spoken with Kevin and will continue to address this privately with him as the related process evolves.”
The 6-6 Porter was the 30th overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft out of Southern California. In his rookie season with the Cavaliers, he averaged 10.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.