NBA News: Darren Collison to be suspended? Sacramento Kings guard pleads guilty to domestic violence charges

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NBA News: Darren Collison to be suspended? Sacramento Kings guard pleads guilty to domestic violence charges

Darren Collison may miss his chance to play as the starting point guard for the Sacramento Kings when the NBA season kicks off, after pleading guilty to a domestic violence case filed against him last June.

Darren Collison may miss his chance to play as the starting point guard for the Sacramento Kings when the NBA season kicks off, after pleading guilty to a domestic violence case filed against him last June.

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The case stems from an incident at his home on May 30, involving his wife, Keyosha Collins, who had called the police to report that she had been assaulted by the Kings guard. Police responded to the call and confirmed that Keyosha Collins had sustained visible injuries sustained from the alleged attack.

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By taking the plea deal, Collison may be assured of zero jail time, IF he fulfills the alternative sentencing program which will require him to complete community-service projects. Noncompliance and completion of the program may result in the player facing a 20-day jail sentence. The NBA player must also complete a 52-week batterer treatment course, as part of the plea deal.

The full statement of Placer County’s district attorney was shared by CSN’s James Ham.

The Darren Collison camp has also released a statement in response to the recently concluded the case and the decision.

“Words cannot describe the feelings and regret that I have been experiencing the last few months,” read his statement. “This is far from who I am as a person and not something I am proud of.”

He also added on taking “full responsibility for my actions” and seemed to already be looking to mend his relationship with his “beautiful wife” while attempting to put the incident behind them and move on with their lives.

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Collison’s team, the Sacramento Kings, is obviously upset by the charges on their point guard and are mulling the next steps for the club and player.

“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.” shared the Kings in their statement. “We’re working with Darren and the NBA on the appropriate next steps.”

Meanwhile, many are expecting that the NBA will be imposing a suspension on Darren Collison, as the organization has zero tolerance for this type of behavior.

A similar incident in 2014 saw the 24-game suspension of former Charlotte Hornets forward Jeffrey Taylor after pleading guilty to domestic violence and damage to property.

Collison, who is in the final year of his contract with Sacramento, was set to earn more than $5 million this season, but with the charges (and his probable suspension), he will be losing almost $64,000 per game.

As an insurance policy, the Kings have signed veteran point guard Ty Lawson to a one-year, non-guaranteed deal earlier this week to start as the team’s guard in case Collison is slapped with the suspension.

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