Although Hawks guard Dennis Schroder was arrested on a battery charge last month, he’s set to open the regular season with the team this week as the legal process plays out. However, regardless of how his case concludes, Schroder can expect to be disciplined by the Hawks eventually, the team confirmed today.
General manager Travis Schlenk issued a statement on the situation, confirming that there’s an “ongoing investigation” into the details of the incident involving Schroder, and that the team intends to support its point guard through the process. However, that support comes with a caveat.
“From our preliminary findings, we are aware that Dennis was involved in a physical altercation,” Schlenk said. “That behavior is unacceptable, will not be tolerated by the Hawks organization, and will result in discipline for Dennis at the appropriate time once the matter has been more fully developed through the law enforcement process and otherwise.
“Dennis has accepted responsibility for his actions. He looks forward to learning from this incident and focusing on the season.”
While the Hawks have already decide to discipline Schroder, the severity on the penalty may depend on how the case plays out. The young point guard might also face a suspension from the NBA.
With Atlanta entering a full-fledged rebuilding phase this offseason, Schroder will be relied upon to be a leader on and off the court for the Hawks. The 24-year-old had a breakout season in 2016/17, averaging 17.9 PPG, 6.3 APG, 3.1 RPG, and a .451 FG%. Those numbers all represented career highs.