Daniel Gibson and Keyshia Cole

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Daniel “Boobie” Gibson was arrested and charged with assault and battery in New Orleans Monday (July 29), stemming from an altercation earlier this month.

According to TMZ.com, the 27-year-old NBA player attended the Essence Music Festival in the NOLA on July 8th, alongside his wife Keyshia Cole who was slated to perform… but was involved in a physical altercation with an unnamed man.

Gibson said his wife was performing … when some guy approached her and made some “disrespectful” comments toward her. So, he defended her honor, stepping in when “safety was threatened.”

Police said say he’s accused of punching the man in the face and breaking his jaw. He’s been hit with 2nd degree battery charges… but says he did nothing wrong.

“I have nothing to be ashamed of or hide,” Gibson tells TMZ.com.

Stay tuned…