Amid multiple cases of alleged domestic violence involving NBA players in recent weeks, analyst Charles Barkley asked commissioner Adam Silver about the league’s policy in such circumstances.
Barkley brought up the topic while speaking with Silver on the panel of TNT’s “Inside the NBA” ahead of the regular-season opener between the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets.
While Silver didn’t specifically describe the NBA’s direct approach to domestic violence cases after they occur, he did lay out the league’s preemptive training and counseling programs for players.
Kevin Porter Jr. was charged with assault and strangulation after allegedly attacking his girlfriend in September. Porter has since been traded from the Houston Rockets to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a salary dump and subsequently been waived by OKC. The NBA hasn’t commented on the incident or punished Porter, who remains unsigned.
Earlier this month, Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges turned himself in to police after a warrant was issued for his arrest in relation to an alleged protection order violation stemming from a domestic violence case last year.
Bridges remained unsigned for the entirety of the 2022-23 season due to the legal process of the domestic violence case. The Hornets re-signed Bridges this summer after he pleaded no contest in exchange for no jail time. He was given three years of probation, among other regulations. Once the legal process was complete, the NBA suspended Bridges for 10 games, which is set to begin during the Hornets’ season opener on Wednesday.