Willie Reed was arrested early Sunday morning in Miami on a domestic violence charge in Miami, three days after the Los Angeles Clippers announced they signed the former Miami Heat center.
Reed, 27, was taken into custody around 3 a.m. Sunday and by Sunday afternoon posted a $1,500 cash bond and was released to Heat forward Okaro White, Reed’s teammate last season. He was arrested in downtown at the Miami Marquis condo.
According to the Miami-Dade County Criminal Justice Online System, a stay away order has been issued with a pre-trial condition for Reed of no contact with his wife, Jasmine Reed.
The argument started when Jasmine Reed told her husband she wanted a divorce, according to the police report as reported by the Miami Herald. She told police he then pulled her hair while she was holding their youngest child and she later hit him in the head with a glass candle to escape him.
Reed told police he didn’t put his hands on his wife, but did touch her hair as she got on the elevator at the Marquis and he admitted that he grabbed her purse and her shirt.
The report noted that Jasmine Reed “had red marks on her left wrist, right bicep, the right side of her chest and her back. She also had some swelling on her left foot.”
Reed played two seasons at Saint Louis University before he and another player were dismissed from the school in the fall of 2010 after St. Louis police investigated a claim of sexual assault on campus. No charges were filed and Reed returned the next spring but was later “administratively withdrawn” by the university for failing to meet the terms of his reinstatement as a student.
In April 2011, Reed declared for the NBA draft, forgoing his final two years of college eligibility. He was not drafted.
Reed and the Clippers agreed to a one-year deal for just less than $1.5 million on July 18 after he declined his player option to return to the Heat for the 2017-18 season, turning down $1.6 million, hoping for a much bigger pay day.
Reed, who is 6-foot-11, 245-pounds, averaged 5.3 points and 4.7 rebounds while shooting 56.8 percent in 71 games with Miami last season. He signed with the Heat last summer after playing 39 games for Brooklyn the previous year.
Heat coach Erik Soelstra addressed Reed leaving the Heat for the first time on Thursday. Spoelstra thanked Reed for everything he did for the Heat last season and wished him luck. On Friday, Reed thanked the Heat on an Instagram post “for helping me grow over this year.”
Reed had said following last season that he wanted to return to Miami, even though he was expected to decline his option. The Heat, though, signed center/forward Kelly Olynyk and brought back James Johnson making Reed expendable.