The NBA announced Sunday that Kings point guard Darren Collison will be suspended for the first eight games of the season.
The penalty results from Collison’s guilty plea last month to a misdemeanor domestic battery charge stemming from an incident involving his wife at their Granite Bay home in May.
Collison can play in preseason games and practice, but he won’t be eligible to play until Nov. 8 against the New Orleans Pelicans at Golden 1 Center. The suspension will cost Collison approximately $380,000 in salary.
Veteran point guard Ty Lawson, signed during the offseason, is expected to replace Collison in the starting lineup. Jordan Farmar and rookie Isaiah Cousins are the other point guards on the roster. Swingman Garrett Temple also could see time at point guard.
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Collison was charged with a misdemeanor because he didn’t have a criminal history and the injuries required little if any medical attention. He was sentenced to three years of informal probation and must serve 20 days in the Placer County jail, but that time can be served through an alternative sentencing program if approved. He also must complete a 52-week batterers’ program and perform 20 hours of community service.
Collison also received a criminal protective order “that allows only peaceful contact with the victim.”
In a press release, the NBA said it conducted its own investigation into the charge against Collison, including interviews of the parties involved. The NBA also consulted with a panel of experts in the field of domestic violence.
“Based on this investigation, consultation, and a careful weighing of all the facts and circumstances, the NBA determined that an eight-game suspension was appropriate, the league said.
Collison’s missed games
Kings starting point guard Darren Collison will miss the first eight games of the NBA season because of a league suspension.
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