Thunder release DeAndre Liggins following arrest on domestic abuse charges

Friday September 6th, 2013

(Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images) DeAndre Liggins played sparingly for the Thunder last season. (Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Thunder announced Friday the release of guard DeAndre Liggins, who was was arrested last Saturday in Oklahoma City on domestic abuse charges.

Multiple outlets reported earlier this week that Liggins was arrested after an alleged incident involving his girlfriend. The Oklahoman has since reported further specifics pertaining to the allegations.

Jasmine Horton, who describes herself as Liggins' girlfriend, said Liggins hit her in the head with his hand and then punched her in the head when she fell on the ground, according to the affidavit filed in Oklahoma County District Court. The couple's 2-year-old son was in the room during the incident at their home, 2309 NW 180, she told police.

Horton locked herself in a bedroom before Liggins reportedly kicked in the door, pushed her down, dropped a fan on her, stomped her with his foot and dropped an Xbox on her head, according to the affidavit. Horton had injuries on her arm and fingers as well as scratches on her back and bruising on her chest, according to the Oklahoma City police officer who wrote the affidavit.

Thunder management did not provide a comment in its release announcing the decision to waive Liggins, whose 2013-14 salary was not guaranteed.

Liggins was jailed on Saturday before being released on bail.  He was reportedly charged with suspicion of domestic abuse with a deadly weapon and domestic assault in the presence of a minor, according to

"We are aware of the situation and take this matter seriously," Thunder GM Sam Presti told The Oklahoman in a statement earlier this week. "We are in the process of gathering more information and have no further comment at this time."

A 2011 second-round pick by the Magic after spending three years at the University of Kentucky, Liggins signed a two-year minimum salary contract with the Thunder in 2012. Liggins, 25, averaged 1.5 points and 1.4 rebounds in 39 appearances for Oklahoma City last season. A reserve shooting guard, Liggins played only sparingly behind starter Thabo Sefolosha and sixth man Kevin Martin.

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