Sacramento point guard Darren Collison was arrested and charged with two counts tied to a domestic abuse case in May where sheriff deputies had seen the “woman had visible injuries.”
Friday, Collison accepted a plea deal in the case that will include 20 days in jail (although he will not serve his time in a traditional jail) and three years probation. James Ham of CSNBayArea.com had the details.
According to the plea agreement, Collison received a 20-day jail sentence, which he will serve in an Alternative Sentencing Program, where he will work on community service projects overseen by Placer County. Collison will not serve any actual jail time.
The Kings’ training camp starts Sept. 27, it’s not clear if Collison will be available when camp opens. The county released a statement saying this was the appropriate punishment considering “the law and the standards of the county.”
Ham also had statements from Collison and the Kings.
The Kings released a statement: “Domestic violence is a serious issue across our nation and one that runs contrary to our organization’s values. We’re disappointed by Darren’s behavior and today he accepted full responsibility for his actions. He is committed to using this incident to help raise awareness through education of this critical issue in the community. We’re working with Darren and the NBA on the appropriate next steps.”
“Words cannot describe the feelings and regret that I have been experiencing the last few months,” Collison said in a statement. “My family and I found ourselves in such an unfamiliar situation and it has been a difficult few months. This is far from who I am as a person and not something I am proud of. I take full responsibility for my actions. I have apologized to my beautiful wife that I have known and loved since high schooI. I appreciate and am thankful for the love and understanding from my family, friends and supporters. Now it is time to put this behind us and move forward.”
The league is not going to let Collison move forward from this immediately — he will face a suspension from the league. The Hornets Jeff Taylor for 24 games following his guilty plea for domestic violence. Collison likely will face the same — and the league should come down hard on this. It is unacceptable. This is something worth being upset about far more than whether one sits or stands for an anthem.
For a Kings team trying to turn a corner with a new coach, new arena, and new uniforms, this is the last thing they needed.