Prosecutors were unable to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt, and the assault and attempted assault charges were dropped Friday, the Manhattan district attorney's office said.
Alston was arrested Aug. 27, 2007, after a confrontation with Wilbert Ashman of Long Island inside Club Stereo in Manhattan. Ashman told police he and Alston accidentally bumped each other, and during an ensuing argument the 31-year-old player cut him on the neck.
Defense lawyer Alberto Ebanks did not immediately return a call.
The charges were dropped because "while the victim suffered serious knife wounds, there are questions about where the victim was injured," said Barbara Thompson, a spokeswoman for the district attorney.
Ebanks said in August that witnesses had told him Ashman did not appear to be injured when he left the club and did not alert police officers who were in the area.
The 6-foot-2 guard out of Fresno State signed with the Rockets in 2004. He's averaged 12.2 points and 5.7 assists in 54 games this season.
Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press
slaihing:On ESPN.com, there were dozens of comments on the original AP story when he was charged, now that the charges have been dropped, there were only two comments for the entire story. I'm sick of people bad-mouthing the NBA. Baseball as a sport is tainted with the government breathing down its neck and the record books from 1980 to present pretty much useless, the NHL is marginalized to putting on circus like games for ratings (as well as sanctioned fighting), the NFL has more felons per square yard then any place short of Riker's Island, yet the NBA is the bad "thug" league. Get a life and get off all these Black millionaire's backs....