Los Angeles Sparks guard Riquna Williams suspended over domestic violence incident

The WNBA player was arrested in Florida on April 29 for allegedly assaulting an ex-girlfriend and threatening another person with a firearm.
Image: Riquna Williams of the Los Angeles Sparks in a game against the New York Liberty on June 4, 2019.
Riquna Williams of the Los Angeles Sparks in a game against the New York Liberty on June 4, 2019.Matteo Marchi / NBAE via Getty Images file

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By Janelle Griffith

Los Angeles Sparks guard Riquna Williams has been suspended without pay for 10 games in connection with a domestic violence incident, the WNBA announced Tuesday.

Williams was arrested on April 29 and charged with two felony counts for allegedly assaulting an ex-girlfriend at a Florida home and threatening another person with a firearm, according to authorities and the WNBA.

She pleaded not guilty on May 6. Her court hearing was postponed last month.

The WNBA said it conducted its own internal investigation into the incident, including interviews with Williams and several witnesses.

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The WNBA also consulted with a panel of experts in the field of domestic violence, as is standard for the league in such cases.

Based on its findings, the WNBA determined a 10 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 league said in a statement.

The WNBA will also require Williams to participate in counseling.

Her suspension will begin with Thursday’s game against the Dallas Wings at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The Sparks said the team has cooperated fully with the league’s investigation.

"As an organization, we abhor violence of any kind and specifically take domestic violence allegations very seriously," the team said in a statement. "We will provide whatever resources we are allowed to help Riquna learn and grow from this unfortunate situation."

Williams was first acquired by the the Los Angeles Sparks in 2016 and was re-signed by the team on May 15.