This is the last thing a Kings team trying to turn a corner — new coach, new arena, new uniforms — needed.
Sacramento point guard Darren Collison has been charged with two counts of domestic violence stemming from a May 30 incident in Placer County, just north of Sacramento. Collison has been charged with two misdemeanors: domestic violence and domestic battery.
This is from the Placer County District Attorney’s release, via CSNBayArea.com.
Our office additionally requested and received photographs of the victim’s injuries in the case and a copy of the 911 call made by the victim on May 30th, 2016. After review of the all the above evidence we have concluded there is sufficient evidence that will allow our office to file and prove this criminal case against Mr. Collison beyond a reasonable doubt.
Details from the Placer County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page: “Deputies found that the woman had visible injuries and they arrested Collison on a charge of domestic violence. He was booked at the Placer County Jail in Auburn. He was additionally booked for two misdemeanor warrants, totaling $7,500, for driving on a suspended license. The name of the female victim will not be released as she’s a victim of domestic violence.”
The Kings have said that they are aware of the situation and looking into it as well. Traditionally teams and the league like to let the legal system play out before adding any punishments of their own.
That said, the NBA and other professional sports leagues have come down with longer suspensions on players found to have committed domestic violence in recent seasons. As they should, this behavior should not be tolerated. For example, the Hornets’ Jeff Taylor was suspended 24 games. Collison likely will get more than just a slap on the wrist if he pleads of is found guilty.
Collison is under contract for $5.2 million next season, and may be in line to see increased minutes next (depending on the team’s free agent moves). How this impacts the Kings’ and what they do with Collison remains to be seen.