07/30/2013 03:08 pm ET

Keyshia Cole's Husband, Daniel Gibson, Defends Himself In Wake Of Battery Arrest

Performer Keyshia Cole's husband, NBA player Daniel "Boobie" Gibson, has spoken up about his arrest this week, telling the media that he got into trouble only because he was defending his wife from a "disrespectful" man.

Gibson, who last played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, surrendered to police Monday after being charged with second-degree battery. The 27-year-old is accused of "breaking another man's jaw with a punch during an argument at a nightclub" in New Orleans, The Associated Press reports. The altercation reportedly took place in early July.

As TMZ notes, Gibson has spoken up in defense of his behavior. He told the celebrity news website that his wife had been performing at an event in New Orleans when a man approached her and spoke to her in a "disrespectful" way.

"This guy got real aggressive toward my wife and myself and I did what I felt was necessary to handle the situation," the 6-foot-2-inch basketball player told the AP, adding that he had turned himself in because he had "nothing to hide."

Gibson has also said that he expects to be "fully vindicated" once more details of the incident come to light, according to a separate TMZ report.



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