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Ugly details emerge in domestic violence case involving former Thunder player DeAndre Liggins

Sep 7, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

DeAndre Liggins

DeAndre Liggins was waived by the Thunder on Friday, in the wake of domestic violence charges levied against the second-year NBA player who had a non-guaranteed contract to play with OKC this upcoming season.

Like all cases involving athletes or anyone in the public eye, the charges are going to get reported before anyone has been convicted of anything. But in the case of Liggins, the alleged details that have emerged are fairly ugly.

From Matt Dinger of

Liggins, 24, is charged with 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. …

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.

Both incidents were witnessed by the couple’s 2-year-old son, according to the affidavit.

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.

There’s more, and believe it or not, it gets worse.

Any NBA player on a non-guaranteed contract would see the same result from the team holding his rights, even before a trial or conviction. The sad truth is that teams will put up with a lot of off-court nonsense from elite-level talent, but if you’re a fringe player without a guaranteed deal in place, you’ve got to handle your personal business a lot more smartly than this.

  1. jasjbb - Sep 7, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Who the hell is “Rogers”?!? This post barely makes any sense until we know their involvement.

    • money2long - Sep 7, 2013 at 5:59 PM

      i scrolled up and down twice with that same question. trying to see if i missed something.

    • yuwannano - Sep 9, 2013 at 11:01 AM

      Glad I wasn’t the only one that was confused by that! I suspect that “Rogers” is DeAndre’s imaginary friend….

  2. cbking05 - Sep 7, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Another reason to get a PS4 instead….

  3. bhester1906 - Sep 7, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Proofreading is one of the most fundamental parts of writing. Who the hell is Rogers? This makes no sense now…

  4. jammer73 - Sep 7, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    A lot more smartly?

  5. truthb3t0ld - Sep 7, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    I had to go to NewsOK to find out smh. Apparently Marcus Rodgers, 23, is a friend of Liggins who was also arrested and charged in this case.

    • dondada10 - Sep 7, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      So he helped Liggins during the assault? Yikes.

  6. rgledz - Sep 7, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    “a lot more smartly”……so your saying if he had a guaranteed contract and wasn’t a fringe player it would be okay to do this??? If you’re a star you can beat the crap out of women, if you’re a fringe player you have to be more smartly. Brilliant……try reading what you write before you post it. It may prevent garbage like this from hitting the eyes of the world.

    • adamsjohn714 - Sep 7, 2013 at 12:39 PM

      aside from the sentence being awkward, it is the truth. You think Durant would have been immediately cut? Kobe faced rape allegations. Ray Lewis was involved in a murder. Being a star, rightly or wrongly, limits the consequences outside the courtroom.

  7. ocgunslinger - Sep 7, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    If ANY of these charges are sound then who gives a flying F about who Rogers is as we are talking about Liggins extended abuse and battery of the mother of his child. Throw the key away for about 3-5 years on this turd.

    • brutl - Sep 7, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      You don’t have any real knowledge of the case, so why are you already advocating locking him up? This is why the media shouldn’t be reporting the ALLEGED details of a pending criminal case.
      He’s innocent until proven guilty and has the right to a fair trial, and it’s attitudes like yours that contribute to civil rights abuse. Turd..

      • spthegr8 - Sep 7, 2013 at 11:59 AM

        Weather he actually touched her or not ( & I’m sure he is guilty of something. Where there is smoke, there is fire ) carrying on like that in front of your kid ( or any child for that matter ) is TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE!!!

      • jimeejohnson - Sep 7, 2013 at 12:37 PM

        He’s as guilty as you are ignorant.

  8. AlaskanSalmon - Sep 7, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Another tough guy that likes to beat women. Go fight a man !!

    • spthegr8 - Sep 7, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      ^^^^^^^^^^ After reading this article, I’d fight him for free, in a phone booth. We are about the same size ( I weigh more ) so the coward probably wouldn’t want any parts of it. That poor child and his girlfriend. I dont care WHAT she did. NO woman deserves that.

      • jimeejohnson - Sep 7, 2013 at 12:38 PM

        Had that been a friend or relative, Liggins would have lost his chance to breathe again.

  9. MyTeamsAllStink - Sep 7, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    know what’s sad?He’s still more likely to be signed by a team than Jason Collins!

  10. bhester1906 - Sep 7, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Putting his hands on her in that way and subjecting a child to seeing this is in no way acceptable and should never take place. I will say, I’m interested in hearing what could have ticked him off this bad.

  11. charlutes - Sep 7, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    As if you end the article with the notion that oy somehow matters in any way that he’s a fringe player. You are a disgusting piece of dirt.

    • jimeejohnson - Sep 7, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      The writer was making a separate point that if your contract’s not guaranteed you better not do anything that could threaten it. The fact that he even wrote this article should indicate he feels Liggins is a dirtbag. You expose yourself as hateful and ignorant with your assumption.

    • adamsjohn714 - Sep 7, 2013 at 12:43 PM

      It shouldn’t matter, but it does. The fans’ response to star players vs. benchwarmers is the reason that sentence is there. It’s true, even if it’s disgusting.

  12. charlutes - Sep 7, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Brett, I will never read NBC talk again because of this article. You are an idiot for ending it the way you did. Where is your common sense, and shame on NBC for printing this trash.

  13. chiadam - Sep 7, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    PBT continues their pattern of printing stories without identifying all the participants. It’s their calling card, and it is quite impressive. Who is Rogers? Mr. Rogers? Rogers Hornsby? Buck Rogers?

  14. cowboysfaninbuffalove - Sep 7, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    I should read the comments instead of the actual story because its better writing than the ones actually getting paid for it

  15. odenxx - Sep 7, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    I recommend a very large diamond ring and a team of good lawyers~ Kobe Bryant

  16. psly2124 - Sep 7, 2013 at 7:53 PM


  17. shutmdownd - Sep 7, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    his mother must be so proud…

  18. oldcat157 - Sep 7, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    You all need to relax. That is her side of the story.. Punches to the head may likely have been slaps…back of the head sounds convenient especially since she has no bruises on the front of her face… I smell gold digger.

    • yuwannano - Sep 9, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      Oh, get it. Punches are a no-no, but a couple of slaps to the back of the head is perfectly acceptable?

    • skinsfanwill - Sep 9, 2013 at 4:53 PM

      That actually makes some sense. But she knows what he makes and knows he doesn’t have the millions. If she was digging for gold, it appears all she can get is some limestone. He hasn’t struck it rich yet.

  19. 702heatrock - Sep 7, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    he thought it was a robber (?)

  20. garrison1981 - Sep 8, 2013 at 4:45 AM

    Sad Wrinting! Sad story! Sad that millionaires like this think they can treat ppl like this n get away cause they’re above the law! Sad thing is that ghetto’s aren’t policed because they’re to scared to patrol so undisciplined go undisciplined and mostly turned out like they’re mentality is invincible! Luckily a few of us slide thru and move to better things but world is getting screwed up! Hope she’s ok and most of all it doesn’t affect the lil boy!

  21. 2phatt2 - Sep 8, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Dude….I can’t imagine what cause this type of reaction to brutalize his women, unless she’s auditioning for “Basketball Wife’s” where this BS drama never ends.

  22. turkbox420 - Sep 12, 2013 at 3:11 AM

    If guilty Blackball him from the NBA and set an example that abuse to women is frowned upon please. I am an OKC fan and I think they are a classy organization (aside from ownership) and will do the right thing.
    I am a Pacer fan and Lance Stevenson got into some trouble but it ended up being a gold digger I think or Larry Bird would have cut him.

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