Former Miami Heat center Willie Reed was arrested Sunday morning on a domestic violence charge following an alleged argument with his wife.
Reed, 27, was booked at 3:07 a.m. on Sunday, according Miami-Dade jail records. The former Miami Heat big man was charged with misdemeanor battery.
Reed’s wife told police that she and her husband got into a verbal argument Saturday night after she told him that she wanted a divorce, according to the police report.
The report states that Reed told his wife “to leave everything he bought her and leave.” Reed then attempted to grab his wife’s purse. During a struggle for the purse, she fell to the ground and was dragged until the strap broke, according to the report. When she got up and ran into the apartment, Reed grabbed her by the shirt, causing it to tear.
The wife told police that as she was attempting to leave the apartment with their two children, Reed grabbed her by the hair. She said Reed then grabbed her by the wrist and twisted her arm, causing her to kneel to the ground. As Reed bent over, she grabbed a glass candle and struck him in the back of the head. She then left the apartment and asked the lobby concierge to call police.
Reed said he never put his hands on his wife; however, he did grab the purse and her shirt, according to the report. He also told police he grabbed her hair as she was getting into the elevator.
Police say the wife had red marks on her wrist, bicep, chest and back. She also had some swelling on her foot.
Reed signed a one-year deal worth $1.5 million deal with the Los Angeles Clippers during the free agency period. Reed, who backed up Hassan Whiteside at center during the 2016 season, turned down his 2017-2018 player option with the Heat.
The 6-foot-11 center averaged 5.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 14.5 minutes and shot 56.8 percent in 71 games last season.
The NBA and the NBPA implemented a new domestic violence policy as part of the collective bargaining agreement, which started on July 1. Under terms of the policy, the league can conduct its own investigation into the matter and hand out punishment if deemed necessary before a court of law rules on criminal charges.