The DeKalb County District Attorney's office is recommending Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schroder face felony aggravated battery charges stemming from an incident in September, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday.
The newspaper cited court records as the source of the possible upgrade in the charge, which was initially misdemeanor battery after the Sept. 29 incident at a hookah bar in the Atlanta suburb of Brookhaven, where Schroder lives.
Police responded around 2 a.m. ET on Sept. 29 and say there is video showing Schroder "initiate contact" with the victim and that all four people arrested struck the victim with both their hands and feet.
The victim suffered "serious damage" to his knee and leg, including a torn anterior cruciate ligament and torn meniscus, and will require multiple surgeries and extensive rehabilitation, according to the report.
The District Attorney's office is recommending the upgrade in the charge because bodily harm was carried out "maliciously."
Aggravated battery in Georgia calls for a maximum sentence of 20 years.
The Hawks had no comment on the latest development, according to the Journal-Constitution. The team said in October it would discipline Schroder once his court case is resolved.
Schroder's only comment about the situation came a few days after his Sept. 29 arrest.
"I think we are all human beings," Schroder told reporters. "Everybody makes mistakes."
Schroder, 24, leads the Hawks in scoring (19.4 points per game) and assists (6.2) this season in his second full campaign as a starter.
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