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Sacramento Kings Guard Darren Collison Suspended 8 Games After Domestic Violence Plea Deal

NEW YORK (CBS13/AP) – Sacramento Kings guard Darren Collison has been suspended eight games without pay by the NBA because of a domestic violence incident involving his wife.

Collison pleaded guilty Sept. 2 to a misdemeanor domestic battery charge resulting from the May 30 incident where deputies responded to a report from a woman who said she was being assaulted inside a Granite Bay home.

Under the plea deal, Collison was sentenced to 20 days in jail, but that sentence could be served otherwise if the probation department allows it. He was also sentenced to three years of informal probation and must complete a battery program and perform 20 hours of community service.

Collison also was served with a protective order that allows “only peaceful contact with the Victim.”

The NBA said Sunday it conducted its own investigation and consulted a panel of experts in the field of domestic violence before determining its penalty.

Collison will lose about $380,000 of his $5.2 million salary this season. His suspension begins with the Kings’ season opener on Oct. 26 and he will be eligible to return Nov. 8 against New Orleans.

Collison played 74 games for the Kings in the 2015-16 season and averaged 14 points, 2.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. Collison recently finished his second season with the Kings. He’s played 7 seasons in the NBA.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.


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