Things are going pretty well lately for the Detroit Pistons as they have won four-straight games and with the addition of Blake Griffin, they are once again looking like a playoff team in the Eastern Conference.
Unfortunately, everything is not perfect in Motown as the NBA announced on Tuesday that Pistons’ center Willie Reed has been suspended for six games without pay for a domestic violence incident that involved his wife.
The incident occurred on Aug. 5, 2017, in Miami, after which Reed was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor offense. On Oct. 16, 2017, Reed entered into a pretrial diversion program to resolve the criminal charge against him.
The NBA conducted its own investigation into this matter, reviewing all available materials and interviewing the parties involved. The NBA also consulted with a group of domestic violence experts who provide the league with guidance in such cases.
The six-game suspension is based on all facts and circumstances of this matter and considers the conduct and its result, the outcome of the criminal matter, and Reed’s voluntary participation in counseling as well as the court-mandated program, among other factors.
Reed will begin serving his suspension with tomorrow’s game against the Brooklyn Nets.
Reed was recently acquired by the Pistons in the trade that involved Blake Griffin. Since coming to Detroit, Reed has played extremely limited minutes in three games. Before the trade, he played in 39 games for the Los Angeles Clippers where he averaged 4.9 points and 3.1 rebounds in 10.7 minutes per game.
Reed spent his two college basketball seasons at Saint Louis (2008-2010) before forgoing his final two years of eligibility and then going undrafted in the 2011 NBA Draft. He finally got his chance in the NBA when he signed with the Sacramento Kings prior to the 2012 regular season but he was waived before ever seeing the court.
Since coming to the league, Reed has played in games for Nets, Heat, Clippers, and now the Pistons.