Arrest warrant issued after former Chicago Bulls star Ben Gordon fails to appear in court to face battery allegations

Chicago — A Cook County judge has issued an arrest warrant for retired NBA star Ben Gordon after the former Chicago Bull failed to appear in court on misdemeanor battery charges last week, according to court records.

Gordon was arrested on November 4 for allegedly battering two security guards at a McDonald’s in River North. He left the Near North (18th) District police station on his own recognizance early that afternoon, Chicago police records show.

A Cook County judge issued an arrest warrant for former NBA star Ben Gordon after he failed to appear in court on December 21. | Cook County court records; Chicago Police Department

Records show he was supposed to appear in court for the first time on December 21, but apparently didn’t make it. Judge Daniel Gallagher signed an arrest warrant for Gordon the same day and set a bond forfeiture hearing for next month. The arrest warrant remained active as of Thursday afternoon.

Gordon, 39, was being escorted from the former Rock ‘n’ Roll McDonald’s at 600 North Clark around 3:15 a.m. on November 4 when he punched a 29-year-old male security officer in the face and threw him to the ground, authorities said. He also allegedly pushed a 21-year-old male security officer to the ground.

On October 10, Gordon was arrested at LaGuardia Airport in New York City after witnesses allegedly saw him punch his 10-year-old son in the face as they prepared to board a flight to Chicago. The New York Post reported that two Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police officers were injured during his arrest.

In 2017, he was arrested for pulling a fire alarm in an LA apartment building. Later that year, he was charged with robbery for robbing the manager of a residential complex where he lived. Those charges were dropped after he reached a “civil compromise,” according to TMZ.

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