LOS ANGELES (CN) – Son of the NBA and Los Angeles Lakers legend, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, will be charged in June for stabbing his neighbor over trash cans outside their homes in southern California, Orange County prosecutors said Tuesday.
Adam Abdul-Jabbar, 28, got into a heated argument on June 9 with his 60-year-old neighbor, with whom he shares a driveway at his home in San Clemente, California.
Abdul-Jabbar's neighbor confronted the NBA legend's son about not picking up the trash cans for his older roommate.
According to prosecutors, Abdul-Jabbar repeatedly stabbed the man in the head with a hunting knife, fracturing his skull and causing bleeding from his brain.
The man, identified in media reports as Ray Winsor, was driven to a hospital by his wife and suffered so much blood loss that he collapsed at an emergency room.
"I think he has some serious problems," said Winsor KTLA after the knife. “I think he tried to kill me. I mean, it could have been an inch like this, an inch like this, I could have been dead. "
Authorities arrested Abdul-Jabbar on the day of the knife stab, but he was later released after bailing him out.
Abdul-Jabbar is charged with three attacks with a deadly weapon and one crime with a dagger. According to the prosecutor, the indictment contains three improvements to "causing serious bodily harm".
Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said in a statement Tuesday the attack was "ruthless" and unjustified.
"A dispute between neighbors should never escalate into violence, let alone the ruthlessness of this attack," said Spitzer. "Violence of any kind will not be tolerated in Orange County, and those who choose to do violence to others will be prosecuted by the Orange County Attorney to the fullest extent of the law."
Abdul-Jabbar is due to be tried on September 9 at the Harbor Justice Center in Orange County.
"It was the complaining witness on the matter who started the dispute and it was Mr. Abdul-Jabbar who contacted the police to report this," said Abdul-Jabbar's attorney Shawn Holley. "For these reasons and many more, we are disappointed that this case has been brought, but we are ready to bring the charges to court."
Abdul-Jabbar faces a maximum sentence of nine years and eight months in state prison if he is convicted on all counts.