Clip­pers’ Reed ar­rested af­ter in­ci­dent with wife

Los Angeles Times - - BASEBALL - By Brod­er­ick Turner brod­er­ick.turner@la­times.com Wire re­ports were used in this story.

Newly signed Clip­pers cen­ter Willie Reed was ar­rested early Sun­day morn­ing in Mi­ami on sus­pi­cion of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence. Reed, 27, was jailed for mis­de­meanor bat­tery in down­town Mi­ami at a con­do­minium com­plex, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port.

The Clip­pers re­leased a state­ment say­ing the team was “work­ing to de­ter­mine the facts” of the in­ci­dent.

Reed’s at­tor­ney, David Os­car Markus, said, “Willie will con­tinue to co­op­er­ate with the au­thor­i­ties, the Clip­pers, and with the league so that they have all of the facts re­gard­ing this mis­de­meanor al­le­ga­tion.”

Reed’s wife told po­lice an ar­gu­ment started when she told her hus­band she wanted a di­vorce. She said she was knocked to the ground while strug­gling over her purse and dragged around the apart­ment un­til the strap broke. She al­leged Reed tore her shirt as she went to the lobby of the apart­ment build­ing to tell the concierge, then re­turned to get her two chil­dren. She told po­lice that Reed grabbed her by the hair and twisted her arm as she tried to exit the apart­ment with her youngest son.

Reed told po­lice that he never put his hands on his wife, but ac­knowl­edged grab­bing her shirt and her purse, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice re­port.

The Clip­pers re­cently signed the 6foot-11 Reed to a one-year, $1.5-mil­lion deal. He was a backup last sea­son for the Mi­ami Heat.

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