Nuggets’ Ty Lawson, reality-TV girlfriend arrested after domestic dispute

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Ty Lawson, left, and his girlfriend, Ashley Pettiford, were arrest on charges of harassment on Aug. 17, 2013 in Arapahoe County. (Photo: Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office)

Ty Lawson, left, and his girlfriend, Ashley Pettiford, were both arrested on Aug. 17, 2013 in Arapahoe County. (Photo: Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office)

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. — Denver Nuggets starting guard Ty Lawson was arrested along with his girlfriend on Saturday, after a domestic dispute that was further described by the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday.

Lawson appeared in court Monday to face misdemeanor charges of harassment involving striking, shoving or kicking and criminal mischief under $500. His girlfriend, Ashley Pettiford, is also facing misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and domestic violence.

According to, Pettiford went by the name Ashley King when she starred on the Oxygen reality TV show “Bad Girls Club.”

Arapahoe County Sheriff’s deputies took both parties into custody following the incident. A court document says a mandatory restraining order has been put in place against both of them.

Court documents released on Tuesday reveal a he said-she said story, with both parties only seeming to agree on one thing: They both broke each other’s phones.

It was also made clear that Pettiford’s mother was the one who called authorities. Her mother made contact with police after a phone conversation with her distraught and crying daughter, who is 6-months pregnant, was cut off on Saturday.

During her call to police, Pettiford’s mother said she was concerned for her daughter’s safety because Lawson has pushed Pettiford in the past, however those reports were not confirmed.

Both Lawson and Pettiford told police they were having an argument over a conversation Lawson was having on his cell phone early Saturday morning. After hearing the conversation, Pettiford determined she was moving out to live with her mother in Virginia.

The situation escalated from there, with both parties admitting to throwing each others clothes and phones around the house they share. Pettiford also told police that Lawson pushed her, but Lawson told authorities it wasn’t a “real push.”

Lawson said on Twitter Monday night that reports of his arrest are “20 day old fish.” The Nuggets star posted $1,000 personal recognizance bond at a court hearing Monday morning.

Lawson will begin the first season of a four-year, $48 million contract extension this upcoming season. He averaged 16.7 points for Denver during the 2012-13 season, and has averaged 13.2 points during his four years in the NBA.