Las Vegas Aces guard Riquna Williams, 33, has found herself in hot water following her arrest on multiple counts of domestic battery on Tuesday. Her wife alleged that during a violent quarrel, the decorated WNBA player not only hit her but strangled her too, according to a police report procured by Fox News Digital.
The episode allegedly unraveled around 3 a.m. when Williams' wife intimated her wish to end their relationship, charging the player of infidelity. Tensions escalated when the victim started packing her belongings. Williams purportedly assaulted her, throwing items at her, and tossing her to the ground, as stated in the arrest report.
Alleged Assault and Robbery Details
Further allegations suggest that Williams strangled her spouse, threatened to kill her and willingly go to jail. The assault, lasting an hour, comprised of Williams punching her wife and holding her in a chokehold, the report added.
Following the incident, the WNBA player reportedly left the scene, taking her wife's phone, ID, and credit cards. Williams, a key player in the Aces' line-up, denied the accusations, claiming to be the victim and citing her wife as the instigator.
However, inconsistencies in her statement and failure to provide explicit details raised red flags for the law enforcement officials. Upon her court appearance, the Las Vegas Aces released an official statement expressing their stand against domestic violence, subsequently suspending Williams from team activities pending further investigation.
Facing several felony charges including domestic battery by strangulation, coercion with threat or use of physical force, and assault with use of a weapon, Williams is due back in court next week. The couple, married in 2022, had been in a relationship for four years.
Terri Carmichael Jackson, WNBA Executive Director, confirmed they were keeping tabs on the situation, though refrained from commenting further. Notably, this isn't Williams' first encounter with law enforcement. In 2019, while with the Los Angeles Sparks, she was suspended for 10 games following an arrest on similar charges.
Since her 2012 draft to the Tulsa Shock, Williams' career took her to the Sparks (2017-2020) before landing her a spot with the Aces. Currently, she awaits trial, with a no-contact order in place for her alleged victim and mandated alcohol monitoring.