Friday , Mar , 23 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Artest misses game in Phoenix

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Sacramento Kings forward Ron Artest missed
the team’s loss to Phoenix on Thursday in order to appear in court and plead
not guilty to four misdemeanors stemming from his arrest in early March over
a dispute with his wife.

Artest was arraigned on charges of battery, corporal injury to a spouse, false
imprisonment and dissuading a witness from reporting a crime. Artest was also
ordered by a judge in Placer County Superior Court to remain at least 100
yards away from his wife and children until further notice.

Each misdemeanor carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison.

On March 5, 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. He was later released on $50,000 bail.

The team suspended Artest for two games. He later issued a public apology and
was reinstated after the team learned that the legal process was underway.