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The ruling is in: 8-game suspension for Collison


Nate Washburn

The ruling is in: 8-game suspension for Collison

After weeks of speculation, we can finally move on and put this distraction behind us. On Sunday, the NBA issued it’s ruling on Darren Collison’s domestic abuse charge and levied an 8-game suspension on the Sacramento Kings’ starting point guard.

During the weeks leading up to the ruling, “experts” were hazarding anywhere from a five to 25-game suspension based on previous league imposed punishments for similar offenses. But, according to the NBA’s statement, Collison’s immediate cooperation with law enforcement and the league was a key factor in the reduced sentence.

The seven-year NBA veteran will be allowed to practice with the team and participate in all preseason games, but will start serving his suspension on October 26, when the team opens the 2016-17 season in Phoenix. His first regular season action will come on November 8, when the team hosts the New Orleans Pelicans at the Golden 1 Center.

“Domestic violence is a serious issue and directly contradicts the values of the Sacramento Kings.” In a prepared release by the team. “Darren has taken responsibility for his actions and will work to raise awareness of this critical issue in the community. We support the NBA's decision on this matter.”

What does this now mean for the Kings’ point guard situation? Head coach Dave Joerger has already stated that he is depending on new-comer Ty Lawson to step up and lead the team in Darren’s absence. But, if Lawson isn’t up to the task, Training camp invitee and NBA vet Jordan Farmar is ready to step in. and take charge. Free-agent utility player Garret Temple is also expected to play a little point if needed.

It really comes down to Ty vs. Jordan. It is unclear if the team plans to keep both on the roster to begin the season, and having just 1.5 point guards on the squad for the first eight games is a little risky. I would expect the team to investigate their options with the league to temporarily fill Collison’s roster spot, but wouldn’t count on that being a permitted option. It will really come down to the team’s confidence in Lawson and Temple.

We should get a clearer picture of the team’s plans during the preseason as coach Joerger experiments with lineups now that he finally knows the fate of his starting PG.

---  Official NBA Press Release - --

NEW YORK -- The NBA announced Sunday that Darren Collison of the Sacramento Kings has been suspended without pay for eight games as a result of a domestic violence incident involving his wife that occurred on May 30, 2016. On Sept. 2, Mr. Collison pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor domestic violence charge resulting from this incident.

The NBA conducted its own investigation into this matter, including a review of all available materials and interviews of the parties involved. The NBA also consulted with a panel of experts in the field of domestic violence, upon whom the league relies in connection with such matters.

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. Among other factors, the NBA took into account the conduct and its result, the player’s acceptance of responsibility, his cooperation with both law enforcement and the NBA, and his voluntary participation in counseling in addition to the court-mandated program.

Mr. Collison’s suspension will commence with the Kings’ first regular-season game, against the Phoenix Suns on Oct. 26.

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