LA Sparks’ Riquna Williams Suspended Multiple Games For Punching GF, Pulling Hair Out
This is absolutely horrific.
Los Angeles Sparks star Riquna Williams entire career is in jeopardy after she was accused of a brutal assault on her girlfriend that happened in front of a 10-year-old.
The assault took a dangerous turn once Williams was finally separated from her girlfriend.
Via Sports Illustrated:
“According to the officer’s account, there were three victims: Davis, Antonio Wilson and Wilson’s 10-year-old son. Davis and Wilson claim they were in the residence when Williams arrived at about 5 p.m. After she entered the property, Williams allegedly bashed a car belonging to Davis with a skateboard.
While allegedly trying to force herself inside, Williams was heard yelling at Davis to “come outside and face her.” Davis, who says she dated Williams on-and-off for five years and had broken up with Williams only a month earlier, then opened the door.
Once inside the residence, Williams, according to the police report, struck Davis several times in the head with a closed fist. She then pulled out her hair.
Wilson, meanwhile, tried to break up the altercation, as did his 10-year-old son. After several minutes of trying to separate Williams from Davis, those efforts prevailed. By that point, though, Davis had suffered injuries to her head and scalp.
Williams then left the residence and went to her car, a Chevrolet Camaro. From the car Williams pulled out an unspecified “black firearm” and placed it on the trunk so that it was pointed at Wilson. She then put her hand on the gun and told him that “you’ll get all 18”, an ominous reference to the number of bullets in the gun’s magazine. Williams then drove off.
In the midst of felony domestic violence charges and a chilling police report, Williams continues to play for the Sparks. On Sunday, Williams played 40 minutes and scored a team-high 23 points in the Sparks’ 76-71 win over the Atlanta Dream. Williams, a 2015 WNBA All-Star, is tied for eighth in three-point shooting this WNBA season. She is a key contributor to the Sparks, who with a 9-7 record currently qualify for the league’s playoffs.
The Sparks also reaffirmed their confidence in Williams when they re-signed her as a free agent on May 15. According to Capology.com, Williams is paid $113,000 per season.”
The WNBA released the following statement:
“Riquna Williams of the Los Angeles Sparks has been suspended without pay for ten games as a result of a domestic violence incident, the WNBA announced today. Williams was arrested on April 29, 2019, and charged with two felony counts, one involving the assault of an individual with whom she was in a relationship and the other involving the threatening of another person with a firearm. Her criminal case is ongoing.
The WNBA conducted its own internal investigation into this matter, including interviews of Williams and several witnesses. The WNBA 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 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 faces one count of burglary with assault or battery, and one count of aggravated assault with a firearm.