Thunder guard DeAndre Liggins' mugshot. (Photo via Oklahoma County Jail)
The Oklahoma City Thunder waived DeAndre Liggins late Friday, six days after he was arrested on complaints of domestic battery and three days after a probable cause affidavit revealed that the 25-year-old guard had been accused of punching his girlfriend in the head and dropping both a fan and an Xbox on her in front of their 2-year-old son.
At the time those accusations were revealed, Liggins had yet to be charged. He was charged Friday with seven felony counts — three counts of domestic abuse, two counts of domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, one count of kidnapping and one count of violating a protective order — stemming from the alleged altercation. A second man, Marcus A. Rogers, 23, "who reportedly taunted and made fun of the victim in a partial cellphone recording of the alleged attack," was charged as a co-defendant with Liggins on one count of kidnapping, and also charged with an additional count of kidnapping and one count of assault and battery, according to court records obtained by Matt Dinger of the Oklahoman:
According to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case, an argument between Liggins and his girlfriend, Jasmine Horton, at the basketball player's Oklahoma City home on Aug. 31 led to Liggins grabbing Horton by the hair, pulling her out of bed, throwing her to the ground and punching her 11 or 12 times. Most of the blows struck the back of her head, the affidavit states.
Liggins left the bedroom and Horton locked the bedroom door, but Liggins kicked the door open, grabbed her by the hair and threw her to the ground, where he again punched her, then stomped and kicked her on the head and back, the affidavit states. [...]
Liggins is then accused of throwing an Xbox and box fan, striking Horton in the head with both items. Liggins and Rogers would not let Horton leave and blocked the doorway, but she managed to escape the house twice. Both times, Rogers grabbed her and dragged her back inside the house, according to the affidavit.
At some point during the alleged attack, Rogers used his cellphone to make a short video in which he “taunts and makes fun of the victim and the situation,” according to the affidavit.
Both Liggins and Rogers are free on bail. Liggins' attorney, Billy Bock, said last week that his client "certainly denies ever laying a hand on a female" and "knows the truth will come out."
The 6-foot-6 Liggins, a former second-round pick of the Orlando Magic, made 39 appearances for the Thunder last season as a reserve swingman playing behind starter Thabo Sefolosha and sixth man Kevin Martin. Despite Martin's departure in free agency, Liggins still figured to slot in behind second-year guard Jeremy Lamb in Oklahoma City's rotation.
In fact, as noted last week, his roster position wasn't necessarily secure to begin with, due to the fact that he had a non-guaranteed contract for the 2013-14 season. Thunder General Manager Sam Presti elected to walk away from that non-guaranteed contract to sever the team's relationship with Liggins; the Thunder made no further public comment about the situation.
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