Jeff Van Gundy wants to see the NBA do better about domestic violence.
ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy calls for a full-season suspension for any player that is found to have committed a felony against a woman, he said during a broadcast of the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets game on Tuesday night.
“Darren Collison of the Sacramento Kings just got suspended for eight games for his domestic violence conviction. And I love everything Adam Silver has done. My one suggestion going forward is, any felony committed against a woman should be a full-season suspension. And on the second one, you’re gone. Let’s stop with trying to give out ... because the one thing I learned today, it’s not a mistake. It’s a choice. It’s a choice to commit a violent act, and I just think we’ve got to ... it’s ... eight games, he comes back. I just think we’ve got to do more instead of ... like you said, the NBA’s always been on the forefront. Let’s be on the forefront of this.”
Important to note: Collison pleaded guilty on Sept. 2 to a misdemeanor domestic violence charge resulting from a May 30 incident. He was initially charged with a felony before agreeing to a plea bargain.
Read the full exchange between Van Gundy and Mark Jones below (credit to Sean Highkin:)
Knicks point guard Derrick Rose is in the midst of a civil trial after a woman accused Rose of raping her with two men following a night of drinking in August 2013. Rose has denied any wrongdoing. She is seeking $21.5 million in damages as part of the sexual battery lawsuit. The LAPD considers the case open, but has already investigated the incident. The state of California has a six-year statute of limitations for charging a defendant with rape.
Rose was not present in the Los Angeles courthouse on Tuesday as jury selection began due to the Knicks’ preseason game.
Rose will be entering his first season with the Knicks after being traded from the Chicago Bulls in the off-season. He is in the final season of a five-year, $94.3 million deal and is scheduled to make $21.3 million in 2016–17.