Willie Reed, a reserve center acquired by the Detroit Pistons in the recent blockbuster Blake Griffin trade, has been suspended for six games by the NBA stemming from a domestic violence incident involving his wife.
The NBA Players Association says it plans to appeal the suspension without pay, calling it “excessive and inappropriate,” according to the Detroit Free Press.
Reed was charged with a misdemeanor after an August incident with his wife in Miami, where his wife reportedly told police he dragged her across their apartment, pulled her hair and grabbed her by the wrist, according to media reports.
His wife said she did not plan to press charged and Reed went into a pretrial diversion program in October to “resolve the criminal charge against him.”
The NBA, according to its release, conducted its own investigation and came to the conclusion a six-game suspension was warranted based on “all available materials and interviewing the parties involved. The NBA also consulted with a group of domestic violence experts who provide the league with guidance on such cases.”
Reed will begin serving his suspension starting Wedensday against the Brooklyn Nets.