Former NBA player charged with assault at cookout

A former NBA center was charged with two counts of first- and second-degree assault after Anne Arundel County police said he struck a man in the face with a handgun during a weekend cookout.

Oliver J. Miller, 41, was arrested Tuesday at his Edgewater home in the 200 block of Braxton Way. Police said he hit a 32-year-old unidentified Arnold man in the head Saturday evening, police said.

Miller faces assault, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and related charges. He is 6 feet 9 inches tall, according to NBA.com.

He began his professional basketball career as a first-round draft pick for the Phoenix Suns in 1992, the website said.

Officers were called just before 8 p.m. Saturday to a cookout in the area of Birchcrest Court and Kimwood Road in Arnold, where witnesses told police Miller and another guest began fighting. Police said Miller pulled out a Glock handgun and struck the other man in the head.

He left the cookout in a 2003 BMW X5, police said. The victim was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center for injuries not considered life-threatening, police said.

jkanderson@baltsun.com

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