NEW YORK -- The NBA announced Sunday that Darren Collison of the Sacramento Kings has been suspended without pay for eight games as a result of a domestic violence incident involving his wife that occurred on May 30, 2016. On Sept. 2, Mr. Collison pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor domestic violence charge resulting from this incident.
The NBA conducted its own investigation into this matter, including a review of all available materials and interviews of the parties involved. The NBA also consulted with a panel of experts in the field of domestic violence, upon whom the league relies in connection with such matters.
Based on this investigation, consultation, and a careful weighing of all the facts and circumstances, the NBA determined that an eight-game suspension was appropriate. Among other factors, the NBA took into account the conduct and its result, the player’s acceptance of responsibility, his cooperation with both law enforcement and the NBA, and his voluntary participation in counseling in addition to the court-mandated program.
Mr. Collison’s suspension will commence with the Kings’ first regular-season game, against the Phoenix Suns on Oct. 26.