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Antonio Davis's wife charged with misdemeanor battery

Associated Press

Naperville, Ill. — Kendra Davis, the wife of New York Knicks forward Antonio Davis, was charged with misdemeanor battery Thursday for allegedly throwing a cup of coffee at a woman during a traffic dispute last fall, police said.

Last month, Kendra Davis had a verbal confrontation with a fan at a Knicks-Bulls game in Chicago, prompting her husband to climb into the stands to check on her. He was ejected and received a five-game suspension from the NBA.

An arrest warrant was issued Thursday for Kendra Davis, 31, of Naperville, on misdemeanor charges of battery and driving on a suspended license, Sgt. Joel Truemper said.

Kathleen Bessner, 40, claimed Kendra Davis ran a stop sign on Oct. 27, 2005, according to police. Bessner told police that when she confronted Davis at an intersection, Davis threw a cup of coffee through the driver's side window.

Police said Davis told them she threw the cup of coffee because Bessner used a racial slur. Bessner denies using the slur. She decided to pursue the criminal complaint this week and had 18 months to do so, Truemper said.

Truemper said police contacted Davis on Thursday to inform her of the charges, but she had not turned herself in as of Thursday afternoon.

She could not be reached by The Associated Press for comment on Thursday. Antonio Davis' agent did not immediately return a phone message.

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