The WNBA gave the Los Angeles Sparks’ Riquna Williams a 10-game suspension following a home violence incident.
The league made the announcement Monday after its personal investigation into Williams, who was arrested April 29 and charged with two felony counts, one involving the assault of her companion and the opposite for threatening one other particular person with a firearm.
“Based on the investigation, consultation, and a careful weighing of all the facts and circumstances, the WNBA determined that a ten-game suspension was appropriate. Among other factors, the WNBA took into account the nature and seriousness of the conduct at issue, including the involvement of a firearm. The WNBA will also require Williams to participate in counseling.”
Williams’ suspension will start with Thursday’s recreation in opposition to the Dallas Wings.
The Sparks launched a press release shortly after the league’s announcement.
“The Sparks have cooperated fully with the league’s investigation,” it read, partly. “As an organization, we abhor violence of any kind and specifically take domestic violence allegations very seriously. We will provide whatever resources we are allowed to help Riquna learn and grow from this unfortunate situation.”
Will probably be the primary suspension below new commissioner Cathy Engelbert – who formally begins in her function Wednesday – and the longest the league has given a participant. Prior to now, the WNBA had solely suspended gamers – the Phoenix Mercury’s Brittney Griner and Wings’ Glory Johnson – for seven video games following home violence incidents.
Williams shall be eligible to return August 22 when the Sparks host the Indiana Fever.
She is enjoying in her third season with L.A., which is already with out Maria Vadeeva, who’s out indefinitely after sustaining a knee damage, and have missed Alexis Jones, Alana Beard and Candace Parker, as nicely, attributable to damage.
Williams has averaged 11.5 factors per recreation because the Sparks sit 9-7 and third within the Western Convention.