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Willie Reed to enter diversion program, will lead to battery charges dropped

Los Angeles Clippers Media Day

PLAYA VISTA, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Willie Reed #19 of the Los Angeles Clippers signs basketballs during media day at the Los Angeles Clippers Training Center on September 25, 2017 in Playa Vista, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images)

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Back in August, Clippers’ center Willie Reed was arrested on a domestic battery charge. According to the police report, he and his wife, Jasmine, were arguing and when she tried to take her purse and he tried to take it back, and she was knocked to the ground. She said he grabbed her by the shirt, hair, wrist, and arm. She later asked that the charges against him be dropped.

They will be, after he goes to a diversion program, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Reed’s attorneys David Oscar Markus and Margot Moss released this statement on his behalf to NBC Sports.

”Willie is committed to his family, to improving as a person, and to working hard for a successful season for the Clippers.”

These kinds of diversion programs are common nationwide for first-time offenders where police and investigators do not think this is a chronic situation. The goal of the programs is to teach the offenders the skills and tools necessary to better handle their anger and avoid these situations in the future.

Reed had played with the Heat but signed a minimum deal with the Clippers as a free agent. He has filed a grievance with NBA players’ union saying one of the people named in the NCAA scandal talked him out of re-signing with the heat, costing him $13.5 million.