Los Angeles Clippers’ forward, Branden Dawson, was arrested by the LA police Sunday morning on a felony domestic violence charge. The 23-year-old was taken into custody from the team’s practice arena.
Los Angeles Police Officer Rosario Herrera said that Dawson was arrested around 7a.m. at the city’s westside, from a residence in the Playa Vista area, where the Clippers’ practice facility is located. The young forward was arrested at 8:30 a.m. PT and booked at 9:50 a.m. PT on Sunday, as reported by the Real GM.
About six hours later, Dawson was released on a $50,000 bail, though Herrera wasn’t sure whether Dawson had an attorney or not. Dawson was arrested for an incident involving his live-in girlfriend.
“It’s an awful situation,” Clippers’ headcoach Doc Rivers said. “I have a daughter.” Rivers also clarified that it was too early to discuss any form of team punishment for him.
Dawson has appeared only in two games for the Clippers this season, in which he averaged 1.0 point and 1.5 rebounds per game, according to the league’s official website. Dawson was drafted by the Clippers in the second round last season.
Following his arrest, Dawson didn’t appear for the LA Clippers in the nationally televised game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Dawson played for the Erie (Pennsylvania) BayHawks of the NBA’s D-League. He was recalled in the Clippers’ squad on Saturday morning. He last played for the BayHawks on Thursday night. Dawson averaged 19.2 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.2 steals in six games for the BayHawks. Dawson also had D-league stints with Bakersfield, California, and Grand Rapids, Michigan.