Sacramento Kings point guard Darren Collison has been suspended eight games without pay by the NBA for pleading guilty to domestic battery charges last month, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the decision had not yet been announced.
The incident, which took place between Collison and his wife in their home in the Sacramento suburb of Granite Bay on May 30, was deemed a misdemeanor by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. Collison will take part in the preseason, but his suspension begins with the Kings’ regular season opener against Phoenix on Oct. 26. He would be scheduled to return at home against New Orleans on Nov. 8.
The league provided additional background regarding its decision after announcing the decision on Sunday afternoon.
“The NBA conducted its own investigation into this matter, including a review of all available materials and interviews of the parties involved,” the release read. “The NBA also consulted with a panel of experts in the field of domestic…