Monday , Mar , 05 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Artest arrested on domestic violence charge

Auburn, CA (Sports Network) – The Sacramento Kings have indefinitely excused
Ron Artest from the team after the forward was arrested and later released on
$50,000 bail Monday by the Placer County Sheriff’s Department following a
disturbance at his Loomis home.

According to the Placer County Sheriff’s Department, a female called 911 at
9:23 a.m. local time, reporting that she had been assaulted by Artest.
Deputies responded and found both parties in the home, but separated. Artest
cooperated during the interview and was booked without incident.

Artest, 27, is scheduled to be arraigned March 22.

“The Kings have excused Ron Artest indefinitely from any further participation
with the team due to his arrest today for domestic violence,” Kings president
Geoff Petrie said in a statement. “The Kings will continue to accumulate
reliable and official facts and information over the next several days before
taking any further action.”

In 51 games this season with the Kings, Artest is averaging 18.7 points and
6.6 rebounds.

The troubled forward has had his problems in the past. He was one of the most
fined players in the league until the now infamous brawl at the Palace at
Auburn Hills when he was a member of the Pacers.

Artest ran into the crowd after being hit with a cup and started a melee that
resulted in a year-long suspension.