WNBA Star Gets 10-Game Suspension, Accused Of Domestic Violence Felonies

WNBA player Riquna Williams was suspended for 10 games before her domestic violence case has been adjudicated.

Los Angeles, CA – The Women’s Nation Basketball Associated suspended a player without pay for 10 games in relation to a domestic violence incident while the criminal case is ongoing.

The incident occurred at about 5:50 p.m. on Dec. 6, 2018 when police responded to the home in Pahokee for a report of domestic violence, Sports Illustrated reported.

The probable cause affidavit said Los Angeles Sparks guard Riquna Williams went to the home of ex-girlfriend Alkeria Davis and bashed her car with a skateboard.

Then Williams “attempted to make entry via hitting the outside door with the skateboard,” Sports Illustrated reported.

Antonio Wilson and his 10-year-old so were also in the residence with Davis at the time.

The affidavit said that Williams called out to Davis to “come outside and face her,” according to Sports Illustrated.

But when Davis opened the front door of her house, Williams hit her in the head and pulled her hair, according to ESPN.

Wilson broke up the fight, Sports Illustrated reported.

So Williams went to her car and got a black handgun and placed it on the trunk of the car, pointed at Wilson, according to the affidavit.

“You’ll get all 18,” she told him, referring to the number of bullets she had.

Then she left, Sports Illustrated reported.

Williams was indicted on Jan. 22 on one count of burglary with assault or battery and one count of aggravated assault with a firearm. Both charges are felonies.

She was arrested on April 29, posted bond, and was released, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

Williams has continued to play for the Sparks throughout the investigation, but on Tuesday, the WNBA announced she had been suspended for 10 games – amounting to nearly a third of the season – while the criminal case is ongoing, ESPN reported.

The WNBA said that it had done its own investigation and talked to domestic violence experts before determining Williams’ punishment.

"Based on the investigation, consultation, and a careful weighing of all the facts and circumstances, the WNBA determined that a ten-game suspension was appropriate," the WNBA said in statement. "Among other factors, the WNBA took into account the nature and seriousness of the conduct at issue, including the involvement of a firearm."

The league also ordered Williams to do mandatory counseling, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

The WNBA players union said it would file a grievance over the suspension prior to adjudication.

"We are disappointed with the league's actions,” Terri Jackson, executive director of the WNBA player’s union, told ESPN. “There is an ongoing criminal proceeding and in fairness to the player, the league could have and should have awaited its completion before taking any action. Riquna has not had a fair opportunity to fully defend herself. We are immediately filing a grievance and will seek the arbitrator's review.''

Williams is 29 years old and has played seven seasons in the WNBA.

She has averaged 10.8 points per game during her career and reportedly earns an annual salary of $113,000, according to Sports Illustrated.

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If she has a history of domestic abuse, whether it is against a Male or lesbian female, she should be dropped until hr court appearances are complete. If found guilty, she should be fired and never hired again. She should be suspended until the outcome is established.


Most if given the opportunity this one has been given would think a heck of a lot more about what they could be jeopardizing. But here is yet another primate who is a completely ignorant fool and who is now in deep trouble. All simply because she cannot act in a mature manner and cannot control her own emotions. Good luck in her getting another $113 k yr job.....It wont be there. They are making the right decisions regarding her suspension as she is a true danger to others.


She should be barred from playing ever again. She has no skills other than bouncing and shooting a basketball. Boggles my mind that team owners pay these so-called sports heroes big bucks to do something that doesn't add anything of importance to this world.


You know what? I agree with the Players' union. 10 games is completely inappropriate.

She should have been suspended from playing from the day she was indicted, with her employer deciding if she should be paid or not. Personally, if you aren't playing you shouldn't be getting paid, but that's just me.

A 10 game suspension for domestic violence involving a firearm reeks of gender bias.


So what was it? Did you do it because you make more money than you’ve ever did before? Was it the “hood” coming out of you? I doubt being gay had anything to do with it. oh I know, you’re just the typical “entitled” athlete who doesn’t know how to act or present yourself because you think you’re so special. You don’t even have a real job. YOU GET PAID TO PLAY A SPORT THAT KIDS PLAY IN A PARK WITH OTHER KIDS. And way overpaid to do just that. Any athlete for the matter. If you are going to get paid that much money, there better be spikes out of bounds where you can die or lava pits where you can fall into or lions chasing you. Other than that, how hard is it to be humble and respectable. Or just present yourself that way if you really can’t be.