Darren Collison Pleads Guilty to Domestic Battery
Sacramento Kings point guard Darren Collison appeared in a California courtroom on Friday (Sept. 2), where he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic battery, reports the Associated Press.
He was facing two domestic violence charges, stemming from an incident in May where police responded to a call that a woman had been assaulted inside a Northern California home. He was eventually arrested, after they found the woman visibly injured upon arrival.
Collison now must serve 20 days in jail, but may be allowed to participate in an alternative sentencing program, according to the Placer County district attorney's office. He also must perform 20 hours of community service and a yearlong program for domestic violence, as part of a three-year sentence of informal probation, reports The Sacramento Bee.
"Words cannot describe the feelings and regret that I have been experiencing the last few months," Collison said in a statement released by the Kings. "This is far from who I am as a person and not something I am proud of.... I have apologized to my beautiful wife that I have known and loved since high school."
Collison has played two seasons with the Kings and has one year remaining on his contract.
In a statement, the Kings said: "Domestic violence is a serious issue across our nation and one that runs contrary to our organization's values. He is committed to using this incident to help raise awareness through education of this critical issue in the community. We're working with Darren and the NBA on the appropriate next steps."