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NBA Player Royce White

UNDER INVESTIGATION

for Domestic Violence

9/4/2013 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0903-royce-white-tania-mehra-gettyNBA player Royce White -- who famously missed his rookie season with the Houston Rockets due to mental health issues -- is at the center of a criminal investigation in Texas after allegedly beating up his then-girlfriend ... TMZ has learned.

We know ... White's ex-girlfriend Tania Mehra -- a Maxim model -- filed a police report on August 30 to report an incident that went down at Royce's Houston-area home back in June.

According to law enforcement, records show someone called 911 on June 22, 2013 to report a laceration above Tania's right eye. Cops say at the time, Tania claimed she suffered the injury from an "accidental fall."

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But Tania changed her tune last week ... and filed an incident report in which she claims she LIED on the night of the incident -- and says in reality, Royce is to blame for her injury.

Cops tell TMZ, "The victim said she had lied earlier because the suspect played for the NBA and did not want the incident to damage his career."

Law enforcement also tells us, "The victim stated that White had assaulted her after she became angered by his advances toward her friend."

Cops say the incident is "under investigation" -- and so far, no charges have been filed against the 22-year-old NBA player.

Sources connected to the investigation tell us ... Tania claims Royce also grabbed a candleholder and threw at at her during the altercation ... but it missed, instead smashing into a mirror and causing it to shatter.

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We've reached out to White's reps for comment -- so far, no word back.

FYI -- White was famously profiled on an episode of HBO's "Real Sports" in a segment that chronicled his battles with OCD and anxiety disorder.

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LaLa    

I didn't know there was a TMZ sports section. Which topic is most popular drugs, dui or domestic violence?

417 days ago
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mrharrybawls2012    

****Breaking News******** Carrot Top just farted and some corn pooped out. More on this story as it develops....

417 days ago
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john    

what more suprising? That he beat her up or that she's a MAXIM Model????

417 days ago
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moxie    

Whayr is da white womans???

417 days ago
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Factual    

She needs to learn her role and shut her hole.

417 days ago
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psycho nurse    

Hell hath no fury like the scorn of an ex...

417 days ago
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joke    

She looks like a good looking dude lol

417 days ago
8.

Squatting Thunder    

GUILTY

417 days ago
9.

Berserk    

Crotch too pointy, 2/10, would not hit.

417 days ago
10.

Gretel    

I'm looking at the side by side pictures assuming the one with the beard on the left is the guy.

417 days ago
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billybob    

she looks like an operated Kartrashian

417 days ago
12.

EatMe    

wtf, some guy beats on a woman and all you douchebags just criticize her appearance? Garbage, you are all garbage.

417 days ago
13.

strunz2318    

This guy has some serious problems...

417 days ago
14.

wtf    

TNB

417 days ago
15.

richie boiadro    

good looking smooth talking mental case...any beautiful babe that know this and gets involved deserves a good beating...

417 days ago
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