Former University of Kentucky guard DeAndre Liggins was charged with seven felonies Friday, including counts of domestic abuse, kidnapping and domestic assault and battery, in connection with an incident at his home last weekend.
The Oklahoman reported that the charges against Liggins were filed late Friday afternoon in Oklahoma County District Court. The Oklahoma City Thunder waived Liggins on Friday evening.
The team posted a two-paragraph news release on its website that did not provide a reason for Liggins' exit.
The Oklahoman reported that a second man involved in the domestic incident — who reportedly taunted and made fun of the victim in a partial cellphone recording of the alleged attack — was also charged. Marcus A. Rogers was charged as a co-defendant with Liggins on one count of kidnapping. Rogers is charged with an additional count of kidnapping and one count of assault and battery.
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Liggins, who played at UK from 2008-11, was arrested over the weekend after his girlfriend (Jasmine Horton) told police he attacked her in front of their 2-year-old son.
A probable cause affidavit filed in Oklahoma County District Court said Horton told police that Liggins punched and hit her at their home. When Horton locked herself in a bedroom, Liggins "kicked the door in and pushed her down" before dropping a fan on her, stomping her with his foot and then dropping an Xbox on her head, according to the affidavit.
The Oklahoman reported that a doctor who examined the victim said she suffered from a shoulder separation, bruising on the back of her head and multiple scrapes about her neck and back, according to the affidavit.
Liggins' attorney, Billy Bock, said his 25-year-old client denies the allegations.
"DeAndre certainly denies ever laying a hand on a female," Bock said. "He's hurt by the allegations but knows the truth will come out."
Liggins, a Chicago native, played in 39 games last season for the Thunder, averaging 1.5 points and 1.4 rebounds in 7.4 minutes per contest. He holds career averages of 1.6 points and 1.2 rebounds in 56 career games.
He was in Lexington on Friday, where he posed for a photo with John Calipari in the Kentucky coach's office. Calipari posted the photo on Instagram, with the comment "My sons are starting to roll in to Lexington for this weekend."
Calipari is hosting his second annual UK alumni charity event on Monday in Rupp Arena, an event that brings former players back to Lexington for a pair of basketball games.