Clippers’ Willie Reed Arrested on Suspected Domestic Violence Charges
Well, it might just be a good thing that the Los Angeles Clippers paid Willie Reed barely nothing when they signed him to a one-year, $1.5-million contract this offseason.
Unfortunately for the organization, the 27-year old big man was arrested in downtown Miami on Sunday and charged with misdemeanour battery in connection with an alleged domestic incident. This arrest seems to be the first under the NBA’s new domestic violence policy.
Reed appeared in court yesterday.
According to a report obtained by Miami’s CBS affiliate, the alleged incident was sparked over an argument between Reed and his wife, who apparently requested him for a divorce. The two got into a physical altercation, which led to her being knocked to the floor and dragged. The report also claims that Reed grabbed her by the hair when she tried to leave with the couple’s youngest child. Reed also twisted her arm, to which she responded by striking him on the back of the head with a glass candle before heading to the lobby of their Biscayne Boulevard condo and calling police.
The NBA and the Los Angeles Clippers organization has agreed work with police during the investigation.
Under the new CBA, the NBA has the power to investigate all domestic violence cases and to punish its players. The commissioner also has the power to place accused players on paid leave while the investigation is on-going.
Reed, who joined the Miami Heat in 2011 after going undrafted, averaged 5.3-points, 4.7-rebounds as the backup centre for the Miami Heat.
There is no place for domestic violence in the NBA and we now wait for the jury and NBA decision on the matter.