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Detroit Piston Willie Reed suspended by NBA, Players Union files grievance

Detroit Pistons center Willie Reed (33) grabs a rebound as Portland Trail Blazers forward Caleb Swanigan (50) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Newly minted Detroit Piston Willie Reed will be on the outside looking in through the end of the All-Star break in two weeks. On Tuesday, the NBA announced that they’ve slapped Reed, 27, with a six game suspension sans pay in response to a domestic violence incident involving his wife back in August 2017.

Reed was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor domestic battery, however, his wife, Jasmine, requested all charges be dropped in a court affidavit.

Via Yahoo Sports:

“No person has used any force, threats, intimidation or pressure to make me sign this request,” she said in the affidavit. “I do not desire to have a stay order in effect. I do not fear Willie Reed, nor do I fear that I will be the victim of violence [ … ] I do not wish or intent to pursue this matter any further.”

Instead, Reed entered into a pretrial diversion program to resolve the misdemeanor charge. After reviewing the evidence as well as consultation with domestic violence counselors and experts

On the court, Reed’s absence won’t impact the Pistons rotation. Since he was tossed into the Blake Griffin deal, Reed has been a a little-used reserve and has seen the court in only one of his four outings as a Piston.

However, in a written statement released soon after the NBA’s penalty for Reed was announced, the players union has also declared it will come to his defense and immediately seek a ruling that would annul his suspension.

“The National Basketball Players Association believes the six-game suspension imposed by the NBA on Willie Reed is excessive and inappropriate. We are filing a grievance today and seeking an expedited hearing to fully protect his rights and get him back on the court as soon as possible.”

Without knowing the granular details of the accusations against Reed, it’s difficult to determine whether the punishment levied against Reed was appropriate or not, but we’ll have more updates in this space as they arrive.

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DJ Dunson is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at dunsnchecksin@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter or Facebook.