WNBA levies longest domestic-violence suspension | Professional

Riquna Williams right faces burglary and aggravated assault charges in connection with the Dec. 6 incident

Riquna Williams right faces burglary and aggravated assault charges in connection with the Dec. 6 incident

The police investigation is still ongoing, so there are those that believe the league should have waited until the formal conclusion of the case before executing any disciplinary decisions. The team said they will provide "whatever resources we are allowed to help Riquna learn and grow from this unfortunate situation". The Sparks re-signed her in May despite the charges.

Los Angeles Sparks guard Riquna Williams was suspended 10 games by the WNBA on Tuesday in connection with a domestic violence incident in April.

Her suspension will begin Thursday when the Sparks play the Dallas Wings.

Williams is also accused of pointing her gun at a man who intervened and broke up the fight.

According to Williams' agent, Orlando Castaño, the league had been seeking to suspend Williams utilizing Article XIV of the WNBA's Collective Bargaining Agreement, Player Conduct and Discipline.

However, Rhonda Mapp was dismissed from the league in 2003 after she violated the league's drug policy.

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 23, 201 file photo, Los Angeles Sparks guard Riquna Williams, right, dribbles against Washington Mystics guard Ariel Atkins (7) in the first half of a single elimination WNBA basketball playoff game in Washington. She never returned following her suspension.

According to arrest records from the incident, Williams forced her way into her ex-girlfriend's home in Florida and struck her repeatedly before two men at the residence were able to break things up. Two men reportedly told Palm Beach County sheriff's deputies that they spent 10 minutes trying to break up the fight, and that Williams then pulled a gun out of her vehicle and said, "You'll get all 18" to one man before driving away.

Without announcing their findings, the league did share their choice of disciplinary actions.

Davis said she and Williams had been together on and off for five years and had broken up a month earlier. "We are immediately filing a grievance and will seek the arbitrator's review".

Williams faces one count of burglary with assault or battery, and one count of aggravated assault with a firearm.

Williams will be eligible to return August 22 when the Sparks host the Indiana Fever.

The former All-Star has spent seven seasons in the WNBA and is averaging 11.5 points for the Sparks in 2019, coached by former NBA Champion Derek Fisher.