LA Sparks guard Riquna Williams suspended 10 games for domestic violence incident

19 Juillet, 2019, 00:55 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
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An alleged domestic violence incident has caused the WNBA to suspend Los Angeles Sparks player Riquna Williams without pay.

The league made the announcement Monday after its own investigation into Williams, who was arrested April 29 and charged with two felony counts, one involving the assault of her partner and the other for threatening another person with a firearm. The police investigation is still ongoing, so there are those that believe the league should have waited until the formal conclusion of the case before executing any disciplinary decisions.

Police records show she struck ex-girlfriend Alkeria Davis in the head and pulled her hair after Davis opened the front door of her house on December 6.

The freaky story also alleges that after a man had broken up the fight between Williams and Davis, Williams went to her auto and pulled out a gun before aiming it at the man and muttering "you'll get all 18" before escaping the scene.

"The WNBA conducted its own internal investigation into this matter, including interviews of Williams and several witnesses", said the league in a press release.

"Among other factors, the WNBA took into account the nature and seriousness of the conduct at issue, including the involvement of a firearm", the league said in its statement. "The WNBA will also require Williams to participate in counseling".

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It's not the longest in league history: The WNBA dismissed Rhonda Mapp, who also played for Los Angeles, in 2003 for violating its drug policy.

Without announcing their findings, the league did share their choice of disciplinary actions.

As for Williams' legal fate. she's due back in court in August. Riquna has not had a fair opportunity to fully defend herself. Mapp never returned after being suspended by the league for two years.

Her suspension was set to begin Thursday with the Sparks game against the Dallas Wings, if it is not appealed. Davis, who says she dated Williams on-and-off for five years and had broken up with Williams only a month earlier, then opened the door. She had 23 points in Los Angeles' last game, an overtime win over Atlanta on Sunday.

Williams faces one count of burglary with assault or battery, and one count of aggravated assault with a firearm.

The Sparks are 5-1 with Williams in the starting lineup, and she's averaging 11.5 points and 2.7 assists in 15 games this season.

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