Sacramento Kings star Ron Artest was arrested and excused indefinitely from the team after a woman told police he had shoved her to the floor inside his home and prevented her from calling 911. Placer County California police said the woman reported she and Artest had been arguing when he shoved her to the floor several times. When he tried to leave, the woman threw a pot at his Hummer, shattering the windshield.
Deputies arrested Artest at his suburban Loomis California home. He was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and suspicion of using force or violence to prevent the woman from reporting a crime. Sheriff’s deputies have been called to Artest’s home once before, but no arrests were made.
Artest was a central figure in the infamous 2004 brawl between Indiana Pacers players and Detroit Piston fans. He was suspended for the rest of the season – 73 games. After pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault charges, Artest and another player were sentenced to one year probation, for the attack on the fans. Artest has already been released from that probation.
The Kings have excused Artest indefinitely. But, a Kings spokesman said he is not suspended and is still being paid.