WNBA suspends Sparks' Williams over domestic violence incident

The WNBA gave the Los Angeles Sparks' Riquna Williams a 10-game suspension following a domestic violence incident.

Williams' suspension is the longest in WNBA history.

Williams was arrested and charged with two felony counts on April 29, one for assaulting her ex-girlfriend, and the other for threatening another person with a firearm, according to the league's release. 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.

The story behind the arrest is insane - Williams allegedly showed up at her ex's Florida home, destroyed her vehicle with a skateboard, forced her way into the house, hit her in the head several times and pulled her hair out.

The WNBA conducted an investigation into the incident and spoke to Williams, several witnesses and a panel of experts on domestic violence.

Additionally, the league will require Williams to participate in counseling.

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The Sparks issued a statement of their own, saying, "As an organization, we abhor violence of any kind and specifically take domestic violence allegations very seriously. We we will provide whatever resources we are allowed to help Riquna learn and grow from this unfortunate situation". She never returned following her suspension.

Without announcing their findings, the league did share their choice of disciplinary actions. Once inside, Williams reportedly struck Davis in the head multiple times with a closed fist and pulled out her hair.

If Williams does not appeal her suspension, the punishment will take effect beginning with Thursday's game against the Dallas Wings. Before the December incident, Davis said the two were together on and off for five years.

The Sparks signed her on May 15. "We are immediately filing a grievance and will seek the arbitrator's review". Williams faces one count of aggravated assault with a firearm.

The former All-Star has spent seven seasons in the WNBA and is averaging 11.5 points for the Sparks in 2019, coached by former NBA Champion Derek Fisher. On Sunday, Williams played 40 minutes and scored a team-high 23 points in the Sparks' 76-71 win over the Atlanta Dream. She isn't eligible to return until August 22 against the Indiana Fever.

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