Grizzlies' James Johnson arrested on domestic assault charge

Saturday June 7th, 2014

(Joe Murphy/Getty Images) James Johnson averaged 7.4 points and 3.2 rebounds per game for Memphis last season. (Joe Murphy/Getty Images)

Grizzlies forward James Johnson was arrested in Memphis on Saturday morning on a domestic assault charge after an incident with his wife.

Johnson was booked into the Shelby County Jail at 4:35 a.m. and is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, according to the Associated Press.

The Memphis Commercial-Appeal reports further details regarding the alleged incident.

Johnson’s wife called police after an altercation in which she alleged to have been hit in the face with an open hand and choked.

Johnson also punched a hole in a bathroom door during the incident, according to the police affidavit. He left the scene and later returned to find officers interviewing his wife of two years. Johnson’s wife had no injuries to her face or neck, according to officers. She told police they both had been drinking.

Police charged Johnson with domestic assault-bodily harm.

The Grizzlies issued a statement on Saturday acknowledging the incident, but provided no additional details.

"We are currently gathering information regarding this morning’s report involving James Johnson," the Grizzlies' statement read. "We have no further comment at this time."

Johnson, 27, was signed to a one-year deal by the Grizzlies last December, and is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. The 2009 first-round pick averaged 7.4 points, 3.2  rebounds and 2.1 assists in 18.4 minutes per game over 54 appearances last season. The NBA saw a number of domestic-related arrests last year: Then-Thunder guard DeAndre Liggins was arrested following a September 2013 domestic incident, Celtics forward Jared Sullinger was arrested following a September 2013 domestic incident, Knicks guard Raymond Felton was arrested in February on firearm charges after his estranged wife turned over his gun to the police and Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham was arrested twice in one week in April following domestic incidents.

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