clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Former Heat center Willie Reed arrested for domestic violence

New, comment

Adam Silver could suspend Reed for his actions.

NBA: Miami Heat at Charlotte Hornets Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

It may have been good that the Miami Heat decided to part ways with Willie Reed.

Former Miami Heat center Willie Reed, who signed with the Los Angeles Clippers last month, was arrested on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge early Sunday morning in Miami. He was released to current Heat forward Okaro White, according to court records.

The arrest report details a disturbing fight between Reed and his wife, saying at one point, “Reed later grabbed her by the hair as she attempted to leave with the couple’s youngest child ... Reed twisted his wife’s arm, causing her knee to the ground...”

It is also worth noting that Reed administratively withdrew from St. Louis University in 2011 after he was suspended for an alleged sexual assault. He went undrafted and played in the developmental league before joining the Brooklyn Nets in 2014-15.

Regardless of the legal consequences of this altercation, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver could suspend Reed. In 2014, Silver suspended Jeffrey Taylor, a convicted domestic abuser, for 24 games due to the “evolving social consensus — with which we fully concur — that professional sports leagues like the NBA must respond to such incidents in a more rigorous way.”