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Thunder waive DeAndre Liggins in wake of domestic abuse charges

Sep 6, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

DeAndre Liggins AP

With a serious domestic violence charge hanging over his head and an unguaranteed contract, this should not be a big surprise.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have waived swingman DeAndre Liggins. The Thunder did not release a statement when announcing the decision.

Liggins was arrested last week on a domestic violence charge and at the time all the Thunder would say officially is that they were gathering more information on the case. The Oklahoman newspaper also gathered info to and found the court affidavit where Liggins’ girlfriend said the Thunder player “hit her in the head with his hand and then punched her in the head when she fell on the ground” and all of that in front of their 2-year-old son. After that the woman locker herself in her bedroom but “Liggins reportedly kicked in the door, pushed her down, dropped a fan on her, stomped her with his foot and dropped an Xbox on her head.”

Liggins was signed for this season but his contract was not guaranteed.

Liggins was the 53rd pick of the 2011 NBA Draft, never cracked the Thunder rotation. The former Kentucky player appeared in just 56 games (7 minutes per game) while averaging 1.6 points and 1.2 rebounds in those two years. Liggins started 19 games for the Thunder’s D-League squad last year as well, averaging 11.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 4.3 assists while shooting a blistering 46 percent from beyond the arc.

Once he clears waivers, Liggins will be an unrestricted free agent.

  1. papichulo55 - Sep 6, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Just became a Thunder fan…

  2. deavn - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Who just beats on a woman like that? He is a piece of scum. The lowest of the low. I hope they throw the book at him hard.

  3. seanb20124 - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Whatever happened to innocent till proven guilty. Poor girls’s gravy train has come to a screeching halt.

  4. khadeemw - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    that sounds extreme…unless Liggins is a psychopath this is hard to believe…i own a xbox…if someone dropped on my head and they were 6-6 then i would be unconscious ….also less remember guys innocent till proven guilty…if hes innocent then sue her broke tail off…if not then lock this guy up with bubba

    • zoomy123 - Sep 7, 2013 at 12:59 AM

      The affidavit, or at least what’s quoted in this article, did not comment on the injuries she sustained as a result of the attack. For all you know she might have lost consciousness during the attack. Also, why are you assuming that Liggins lifted the X-Box up 6’6 off the ground…and then dropped it? And why does a person have to be a psychopath in order to be a domestic abuser? In order to be a domestic abuser all you have to be is…a domestic abuser. You don’t need to be a rapist or murderer.

      • khadeemw - Sep 7, 2013 at 3:36 AM

        no one knows the full details of the case…what im saying is that before we go ahead n call this guy a woman beater or anything lets get the facts and let the judicial system do its job…also any man that beats a mother in front of their child has to be close to a psychopath whether you want to believe it or not…a psychopath is not limited to a rapist or killer bro

  5. papichulo55 - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    @Sean, have you been reading these blogs? There are multiple domestic violence articles everyday. These guys know The Deal. There are certain charges that you are considered Guilty until proven Innocent. Beating on women is one of them. Playing professional sports is a privilege that should be cherished. Maybe this causes the next Loser to stop and think.

    • franbotel - Sep 7, 2013 at 6:21 AM

      stick yo your day job and leave the legal discussions to the lawyers. There are no multiple stories a day that is a hyperbole. You play professional sports if you good not by privilege. If durant had done this do you believe he would be waived

  6. mcqphx - Sep 6, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Game Over

  7. jolink653 - Sep 6, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Why would you do that to your own Xbox? Guaranteed Red Rings of Death now.

    No, seriously this is an awful thing to do. Beating a woman is entirely unacceptable, and especially more so if you’re a 6’6″ NBA player who she couldn’t possibly fight back against. People who do stuff like that deserve to get the the piss beaten out of them

  8. stayhigh_247 - Sep 6, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    I knew from the moment this story broke he was toast in OKC. His NBA dream is done. As the father of a daughter I cringe when I read stuff like this, 6’6 or not, his ass would be a hunted man.

  9. adamsjohn714 - Sep 7, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Liggins needs to learn the lesson that you can only do this kind of stuff if you’re really good at basketball. Otherwise, you get cut.

  10. backdraft440 - Sep 7, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Why would he ruin a perfectly good Xbox? He could have just used the cable box to bounce off her head, big dummy

  11. unfly - Sep 7, 2013 at 2:47 AM

    If true this is terrible, but what’s Liggins side of the story? It’s a little preemptive/Draconian to judge this guy without giving him a chance to say his side of the events.

    I think it was Johnny Cochran who said that you know when you’ll commit a crime but you never know when you’ll be ACCUSED of a crime. I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt until more details come out.

  12. glink123 - Sep 7, 2013 at 3:29 AM

    An Xbox? Seriously? Dude plays in the NBA, and he can’t even afford to drop an Xbox360 on her head? smh.

  13. jasjbb - Sep 7, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    He better have ejected the game before he launched that thing at her dome. Those games are EXPENSIVE!!

  14. bishopbengals - Sep 7, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    All of you making comments about the Xbox have to 15 year olds. You’re beyond pathetic.

    Being from Kentucky, I am glad they dropped this worthless excuse for a man.

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