Many fans put their favorite athletes on a pedestal. The news that a star player has committed a crime can be shocking, especially when it seems to come out of nowhere. Yet domestic violence and sports are often connected. For years, this issue was swept under the rug. However, it became a hotter topic recently when Toronto Raptors guard Terence Davis got arrested.
Life was good for Terence Davis
Things were looking up for Davis before October 27, 2020. In fact, many said his life would make a great movie due to the many challenges he’s had to overcome. After high school, Davis decided to attend Ole Miss. His first year wasn’t that great. He spent much of the season riding the bench. This changed in the second season, however, when he became a starter, and his game drastically improved.
Davis wasn’t a star by any means. But he kept playing hard and helped his team reach the NCAA tournament where they lost to Oklahoma. Playing for the NBA was not a lock given his record of 15 points per game, but he continued to pursue that dream. After getting a chance to show his stuff to NBA scouts at the Portsmouth invitational. He was good enough to attract some attention and scored an invitation to the NBA Summer League.
While he had to sit and watch 60 other basketball players get called before him, Davis was finally drafted to the Raptors. Davis isn’t the most important player on the team, but many wonder if he has more to show.
Terence Davis has been accused of punching his girlfriend
Davis’s career may now be in jeopardy, although that’s not clear. He is currently facing assault and criminal mischief charges. According to USA Today, Davis got into an argument with his 20-year-old girlfriend. She was visiting him at The Beekman Tower on Mitchell Place near First Avenue.
The two began to verbally argue, and Davis allegedly struck her in the face. He also reportedly broke her phone. CBS Sports reports that the NBA was quick to respond to the allegations when it released a statement:
“On Tuesday, Oct. 27, Terence Davis was charged by the NYPD with seven criminal offenses following an incident involving a woman in Manhattan. Incidents of this kind are addressed and managed by the League through the joint NBA-NBPA Policy on Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse. The Toronto Raptors take these issues very seriously, and we will fully cooperate and support the League in its investigation of this matter as we work to determine the appropriate next steps for our team.”
The standards aren’t always clear
It would be easy to assume that if there is enough proof, the player who is accused of domestic violence will face repercussions by the NBA. That isn’t always the case. According to Bleacher Report, Lance Stephenson reportedly shoved his girlfriend down a flight of stairs. The NBA did nothing.
Kendrick Nunn was also drafted to the Miami Heat in spite of the fact that Illinois let him go. The Chicago Tribune reports Nunn pled guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge after he was accused of hitting a woman before shoving her down and pouring water on her.
Jabari Bird did not get off so easily. The Boston Celtics reserve guard reportedly got into an argument with his girlfriend and began to choke her. According to CBS Sports, Bird also threatened to kill her during the attack. As a result, Bird was cut from the Celtics, and will most likely never play in the NBA again.