According to a report from Marc Stein of ESPN on Sunday afternoon, the NBA has suspended Sacramento Kings’ point guard Darren Collison for the first eight games of the 2016-2017 regular season. The veteran point guard has found himself in some hot water after he was formally charged with committing an act of domestic violence back on June 17.
While it was almost certain that Collison would be suspended, an official ruling had not yet been handed down by the league ahead of Sunday.
The incident that ultimately led to Collison’s suspension occurred all the way back on May 30 when he was arrested. The 29-year-old allegedly assaulted a woman in California which resulted in what was referred to as visible bruises.
“We’ve been made aware of the situation,” the team originally said in a statement. “The Sacramento Kings condemn violence of any kind. We are gathering additional information and once all facts are known we will take appropriate steps.”
Collison is slated to begin his third season as a member of Kings after originally breaking into the league as a first-round draft pick in 2009. While initially suiting up for the New Orleans Pelicans, he has also played for the Indiana Pacers, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Clippers along the way.
Last season, his second in Sacramento, Collison averaged 14 points per game over the course of 74 regular season contests. Starting in 15 of those outings, he also averaged 4.3 assists and 2.3 rebounds across 30 minutes per game.