A Los Angeles judge has issued a temporary restraining order keeping Trevor Ariza away from his 12-year-old son after the boy’s mother alleged Ariza had physically abused him, according to ESPN.
The Portland Trail Blazers has since spoken out and denied the abuse allegations, saying the boy’s mother, had engaged in a long campaign to hurt his relationship with his son and to take away his visitation rights, according to court papers obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday.
TMZ drew the information from court documents in Los Angeles where the child’s mother had requested a restraining order against Ariza. The allegations involve corporal punishment, which was reported to the LAPD and, through them, to the Department of Child and Family Services.
Ariza says, “what is occurring here is in fact [the mother’s] abuse of the minor child by her relentless, cruel loyalty conflict for [the child], alienation campaign and selfishly driven attempts to interfere in father and son’s relationship.”
Lana Allen alleges in documents filed last month that Ariza punched his son in the arm and shoulder and put him in a choke hold on July 25 during a month long visit at Ariza’s Los Angeles-area home. The court filings allege Ariza engaged in similar abuse on previous visits and has violated a court order against using corporal punishment. Cops would be sent to Ariza’s home during that visit, but nothing came of their investigation.
The filing called Ariza’s actions “inexcusable; a parent should never punch and choke their child for any reason.”
Ariza also has two younger children with his current wife.