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Grizzlies' James Johnson charged with domestic assault

By James Herbert | NBA writer

James Johnson has a court date Monday morning.
James Johnson has a court date Monday morning. (USATSI)

Memphis Grizzlies forward James Johnson was arrested late Friday night on a charge of domestic assault causing bodily harm, via the Shelby County sheriff's office. He had a "domestic dispute" with his wife leaving Beale Street around 2 a.m., and at their home she called the police saying that he "hit her in the face and choked her," via FOX13 Memphis.

She also told officers the NBA player punched a hole in their bathroom door, which is where she was waiting while holding their child. Officers say the victim gave the baby to her mother and Johnson then pushed that woman and took the baby before running away from the scene. Johnson eventually returned and was taken to jail.

Police officers said, via FOX 13 Memphis, that the couple had been drinking at home earlier that night, and that she refused medical treatment and did not have any visible injuries on her face and neck. Johnson has a court date scheduled for early Monday morning.

The Grizzlies released a brief statement on Saturday afternoon:

We are currently gathering information regarding this morning's report involving James Johnson. We have no further comment at this time.

Johnson averaged 7.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 18 minutes per game for Memphis this season. He will be an unrestricted free agent in July.

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