On Tuesday, the WNBA announced that Los Angeles Sparks Guard Riccardo Williams will be arrested on April 29 this year after being suspended for 10 games in domestic violence in December. Williams threatened Antonio Wilson, a man with a gun, who attacked his ex-girlfriend Alkeria Davis, claiming he was breaking into a family in Palm Beach County, Florida. Davis said the couple had broken up a month before the five – year – long dating and Williams had never been violent before.
In a statement this week, the League has conducted an investigation independently of the ongoing criminal procedure and said it can suspend Williams in accordance with CBA Article 14, which deals with personal conduct. Williams will also ask Williams for counseling as part of a suspension that begins on Thursday with the Dallas Wing.
Unlike the NBA and MLB, WNBA does not have explicit rules for domestic violence, and the handling of the Williams situation in the league has been investigated over the last two months. By Sports illustrationWilliam McCann's William McCann police have reason to believe that Williams committed two felony crimes: violence, violence against batteries, and assault on deadly weapons without intent to kill. The robbery charged with an assault or charge of investigation is the maximum sentence in a Florida jail.
But the league did not hold Williams until Tuesday, almost three months after his arrest. Williams on May 6 caused the union's anger to argue that he had not been given a fair chance to defend himself because he had not plead guilty to charges. AP Terry Jackson (Terry Jackson), the former president of the US National Basketball Players Association,
We are disappointed in the league 's actions. I had a criminal procedure in progress and I was able and able to finish the league to be fair to the player.
Riquna had no fair chance to defend himself completely. We will file an objection immediately and seek a review of the arbitrator.
Williams's suspension will be a seven-game suspension for Glory Johnson and Brittney Griner, who filed for war on domestic violence in 2015 due to the longest domestic violence suspension in WNBA history.
The Williams case is not the only domestic violence incident in the league. Seattle Storm Forward Natasha Howard has been indicted for her domestic violence. A set of tweets During the weekend. Howard filed a divorce suit on Tuesday, dismissing this claim. Both Storm and WNBA According to the report.