Sunday morning, Reed was arrested in Miami on a battery charge tied to domestic violence against his wife. Reed spent some time in jail then was released on $1,500 bail for the misdemeanor charge.
According to the arrest report, Reed grew upset after his wife told him that she wanted a divorce, with an argument following on the balcony of the condo. A struggle then ensued, when Reed’s wife took her purse and her husband attempted to take it away….
Reed’s wife said she was knocked to the ground while attempting to take her purse. Jasmine Reed said Willie Reed also grabbed her by the shirt, hair, wrist and arm. She said she then struck her husband with a glass candle.
According to the arrest report, Jasmine Reed, “had red marks on her left wrist, right bicep, the right side of her chest and her back and swelling on her left foot.”
This all took place in the presence of the couple’s young child, according to the report. As part of his release, Reed is not allowed to contact his wife.
Brodrick Turner at the Los Angeles Times contacted Reed’s attorney, who said that his client did not hit his wife in the incident.
Reed’s attorney, David Oscar Markus, added that, “Willie will continue to cooperate with the authorities, the Clippers, and with the league so that they have all of the facts regarding this misdemeanor allegation.”
The Clippers released a statement:
“We are aware of the situation in Miami regarding Willie Reed, and are working to determine the facts around the situation.”
The NBA’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement has a section on players’ domestic violence that provides counseling to prevent future occurrences, and the league can refer players to that program as part of the discipline for the incident. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver also can fine and suspend Reed if he is found or pleads guilty. I would argue in the past the league has been too lenient on this issue (same with DUIs), but we will see how it plays out.
Reed will be going through the legal process in this case as he moves through the NBA season.
Reed opted out of his contract with the Heat, one of many NBA players who saw the big money splashed around in 2016 and thought they would cash in, only to find a very tight market. Reed ended up taking a one-year, minimum deal with the Clippers for $1.5 million.