JUNE 17: The Placer County District Attorney’s office has formally filed domestic violence charges against Collison related to the May incident, detailed below. Collison is being charged with two misdemeanors – domestic violence and domestic battery – according to James Ham of CSNBayArea.com (Twitter link). CSNBayArea.com has also passed along the statement released today by the D.A.’s office.
“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,” the statement reads, in part.
MAY 31: Kings point guard Darren Collison was arrested on a domestic violence charge on Monday, according to a report from CBS13 in Sacramento. The incident that led to Collison’s arrest took place early on Monday morning after local deputies responded to a report from a woman who said she was being assaulted inside a Northern California home.
Collison was booked into Placer County Jail on one count of inflicting corporal injury to a spouse or cohabitant, and two misdemeanor bench warrants of driving on a suspended license. The 28-year-old was released on bail (worth $55K) and is scheduled to return to court on July 11th.
The Kings are aware of Collison’s situation, issuing a statement condemning “violence of any kind” and confirming that the team is still in the information-gathering stage. Sacramento will “take appropriate steps” once all the facts are known, according to the club’s statement.
We’ll have to wait to see how the case plays out before knowing how it might ultimately affect Collison and the Kings on the court for the 2016/17 season. When Jeff Taylor pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor domestic assault charge in 2014, he received a 24-game suspension from the NBA.
If Sacramento believes Collison could face a lengthy suspension for his off-field conduct, it would likely have an impact on the team’s plans this offseason — Collison averaged 30 minutes per game last season and is currently atop the point guard depth chart for the Kings, with Rajon Rondo eligible for free agency.