Dawson was detained in lieu of $50,000 bail before being released in the early afternoon.
Dawson would face at least a 10-game suspension and could be ordered to undergo counseling under the NBA's collective bargaining agreement if convicted of a violent felony. Charlotte's
"Obviously, it's an awful situation as far as I'm concerned," Clippers Coach
The Clippers recalled Dawson on Saturday from the Erie BayHawks of the Development League. Dawson, 23, has appeared in only three games this season for the Clippers, who drafted him late in the second round last summer out of Michigan State after paying the
It's the second violent incident involving a Clipper since late January, when star forward Blake Griffin punched team assistant equipment manager Matias Testi at a Toronto restaurant. The Clippers suspended Griffin four games for the episode, punishment he will serve after recovering from a broken right hand and a quadriceps injury.
Rivers said it was too early to speculate about potential punishment for Dawson, whose first court date is April 7.
Rivers said Griffin's hand was recovering more quickly than his quadriceps, a potentially worrisome development considering Griffin has had more than 2 1/2 months to rest the partially torn quadriceps tendon that he suffered on Christmas.
"He's in the same place, obviously," Rivers said of Griffin, who has not been cleared to fully practice. "We don't know when he's coming back. We are hoping as soon as possible."
Griffin recently increased the intensity of his workouts, leading to discomfort in the quadriceps that prevented him from taking the next step in his recovery. Rivers had gushed earlier this month about the way Griffin looked on the team's practice court but said he did not consider the lack of a definitive timetable for his return a setback.
"He told me today he's feeling a lot better, but he's just not ready to play," Rivers said. "If it was a playoff game, would he play? Probably, but I think you've got to be cautious and I think that's what we're going to be."
The Clippers have 17 games left in the regular season.