Sacramento Kings point guard Darren Collison has pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor violation of domestic battery involving his wife from an incident in May.
On May 30, Collison was arrested at his Sacramento-area home after a woman called and reported she was being assaulted. She had visible injuries.
Collison face three years of informal probation and must serve 20 days in jail, serve a 52-week batterers’ program and perform 20 hours of community service, according to the defense attorney's office. If the probation department allows, he may serve his jail time through an alternative sentencing program.
“Words cannot describe the feelings and regret that I have been experiencing the last few months,” Collison said in a team statement “My family and I found ourselves in such an unfamiliar situation and it has been a difficult few months. This is far from who I am as a person and not something I am proud of. I take full responsibility for my actions. I have apologized to my beautiful wife that I have known and loved since high school. I appreciate and am thankful for the love and understanding from my family, friends and supporters. Now it is time to put this behind us and move forward.”
The Kings issued the following statement:
“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. He is committed to using this incident to help raise awareness through education of this critical issue in the community. We’re working with Darren and the NBA on the appropriate next steps.”
Lasts season, Collison averaged 14 points, 4.3 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game.