Clippers center Willie Reed arrested on suspicion of domestic violence

Then-Miami Heat center Willie Reed tries to drive past Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk during a game on March 26 in Boston.
(Steven Senne / Associated Press)

Newly signed Clippers center Willie Reed was arrested early Sunday morning in Miami on suspicion of domestic violence.

Reed, 27, was jailed by police for misdemeanor battery in downtown Miami at a condominium complex, according to Miami-Dade jail records.

The Clippers released a statement saying the club is gathering more information about the incident.

“We are aware of the situation in Miami regarding Willie Reed, and are working to determine the facts around the situation,” the team’s statement said.


Reed’s attorney, David Oscar Markus, added that, “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.”

According to multiple reports, Reed’s wife told police that he dragged her across the apartment and later pulled her hair as well as grabbed her by the wrist during an argument. She also told police that Reed tore her shirt as she went to the lobby of the apartment building to notify the concierge, then returned to get her two children.

Reed told police that he never put his hands on his wife, but he did acknowledge grabbing her shirt and her purse, according to the police report, which also said Reed’s wife had red marks on her left wrist, right biceps, back and chest.

The Clippers signed the 6-foot-11 Reed to a one-year, $1.5-million deal Thursday to be their backup center.

He averaged 5.3 points and 4.7 rebounds in 14.5 minutes a game last season for the Miami Heat. Reed appeared in 71 games for Miami, five as a starter.

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4:55 p.m.: This article has been updated with statements from the Clippers and Willie Reed’s attorney.

This article was originally published at 9:30 a.m.