UPDATE 2:35 PM ET: Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who had the original report, Schröder was arrested along with several individuals after a fight at 6am, a hookah bar in the Brookhaven neighborhood of Atlanta. From Wojnarowski’s report:
The report says a security camera caught Schroder and several individuals in a heated exchange with the victim. The report says Schroder initiated physical contact by shoving the victim. The video also showed Schroder and the individuals striking the victim with their hands and feet, according to the report. Security intervened and pushed Schroder and the other individuals away from the victim, the report says.
The victim sustained scratches to his right knee and complained of right ankle pain, according to the report.
UPDATE 1:20 PM ET: Per the AJC’s Michael Cunningham, Schröder will travel with the team to Miami for the team’s preseason opener against the Heat:
#Hawks spokesman says Schroder will travel with team for exhibition game at MIA on Sun.— Michael Cunningham (@MCunninghamAJC) September 29, 2017
The Atlanta Hawks completed training camp earlier this week but, on the precipice of the 2017-2018 season, it appears point guard Dennis Schröder’s campaign is not getting off to a great start. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN brings word that Atlanta’s point guard and best returning player was arrested.
Sources: Hawks guard Dennis Schroder was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge in early morning hours on Thursday in Atlanta suburb.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 29, 2017
The ESPN report indicates Schröder was charged with misdemeanor battery and released on bail.
Schroder has been released on bail, and Hawks are expected to issue a statement soon, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 29, 2017
The Hawks issued the following statement on Friday afternoon:
“We are aware of an incident involving Dennis Schröder earlier this morning. We are still gathering information as it pertains to the situation, and out of respect for the legal process, we will have no further comment at this time.”
At this point, further details of the arrest are not available but, obviously, this is a terrible look for Schröder and, by extension, the team. The Hawks are also heavily invested in Schröder’s development after issuing a lucrative, four-year contract extension.
We will keep you updated as the day goes along. For now, though, Schröder could be facing discipline from both the team and the NBA, depending on the details and severity of the accusations.