OKC Thunder Guard Arrested on Domestic Violence Complaint

With the Aaron Hernandez arrest and other high-profile arrests for violent crime in its history, the NFL sometimes seems to have a corner on the crime market in professional sports. However, 2010 statistics show that professional football's arrest rate  fell below those of the general population, and below those for other professional sports including the NBA and MLB. That year, the NBA had the highest arrest rate--5.1 percent, which exceeded the arrest rate of the general population, which was 4.2 percent. Oklahoma City has been proud to boast a team whose players tend to stay out of legal trouble. While a public address announcer was just convicted on lewd acts and child sexual abuse charges, the players themselves have largely stayed on the right side of the law. Until now, the only current player run-ins with the law have been minor: Kendrick Perkins was arrested for being drunk and disorderly at a Texas bar, and Nate Robinson was ticketed for public urination. Perkins was released on $150 bail and charges against him were dropped. Robinson was released on $100 bail. Both circumstances were minor offenses, and neither led to a criminal conviction. oklahoma domestic violence lawyerOn Saturday, though, Thunder guard DeAndre Liggins was arrested on a much more serious complaint. Liggins was booked into the Oklahoma County Jail after being accused of domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and domestic abuse in the presence of a child. Early reports indicate the alleged victim is Liggins's girlfriend, and an Oklahoma City police lieutenant told reporters that he was not sure if the minor present is the child of Liggins, the woman, or both. Under Oklahoma law, domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon is a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison on the first offense. Domestic abuse in the presence of a child is a separate and additional offense. In addition to the penalties for conviction of the primary offense, anyone convicted of domestic abuse in the presence of a child is subject to a minimum of 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $5,000 on the first offense. As a second or subsequent offense, conviction is penalized by 1 to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $7,000. Thunder General Manager Sam Presti has not said what impact Liggins's arrest will have on his future with the team, saying only, ""We are aware of the situation and take this matter seriously. We are in the process of gathering more information and have no further comment at this time."