Sacramento Kings point guard Darren Collison was arrested on a charge of domestic violence, according to CBS 13. Collison was also cited on a bench warrant of driving while his license was revoked. Collison is entering the final year of his contract with the Kings, and is the only point guard currently signed to the active roster.
The Sacramento Kings issued the following statement.
"We've been made aware of the situation. The Sacramento Kings condemn violence of any kind. We are gathering additional information and once all facts are known we will take appropriate steps."
If true, this is a disappointing turn of events. Domestic violence is unacceptable, and significantly impacts Collison's value to the franchise as not just an asset, but as part of the team and the Sacramento community.
Personally, I've been a fan of Collison's play and have advocated for him to be the starter going into the next year. Perhaps Collison made a one-time mistake and can move past it quickly, but I'm deeply disappointed by this news.
More to come as the story unfolds.
[Editors Note: Domestic violence is a serious subject, and it will be treated as such in the discussion below. Collison deserves the presumption of innocence provided to all Americans, but the alleged victim in this case deserves a similar benefit of the doubt. Speculating what may or may not have happened does nothing to further our conversation here. In short, don't be heartless when discussing a difficult and emotional topic.]