Los Angeles rookie Branden Dawson was arrested Sunday morning on suspicion of spousal abuse, a felony charge. He was taken into custody at 8:30am and was released after posting $50,000 bond. The arrest involved his live-in girlfriend.
“It’s an awful situation,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “I have a daughter. So, it’s a terrible situation, but we’ll figure out what we want to do and how we want to handle it.”
Rivers said it was too early to speculate about potential punishment for Dawson, but he could face a minimum 10 game suspension if convicted and could be ordered to undergo counseling under the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement. Charlotte’s Jeffrey Taylor was suspended 24 games without pay in November 2014 after pleading guilty to misdemeanor battery charges.
Branden Dawson was a star player at Michigan State before being selected in the 2nd round in the 2015 draft. He was recalled from the NBA Development League’s Erie BayHawks on Saturday morning.
He has played in three games for the Clippers and has 26 appearances in the D-League with the Bakersfield Jam, Grand Rapid Drive and the BayHawks, where he averaged 19.2 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.2 steals in six games for the team.