WNBA suspends Courtney Williams, Crystal Bradford – Metro US

WNBA suspends Courtney Williams, Crystal Bradford

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WNBA players Courtney Williams and Crystal Bradford will each have to serve out a short suspension at the start of next season following their involvement in a fight this past spring outside of an Atlanta nightclub.

The former Atlanta Dream players, now free agents, were involved in a May altercation with other club patrons that was broken up by in-house security personnel.

Marcus Crenshaw, the agent of both players, told Girls Talk Sports TV last month that a group exchanged words with the players and were waiting outside of the club for the players to depart.

On Tuesday, Williams was given a two-game suspension, while Bradford was suspended for one game. Those suspensions also include discipline for related health and safety protocol violations.

The Dream elected to not re-sign either player. Williams led Atlanta in points (16.5), rebounds (6.8) and assists (4.0). Bradford was the team’s fifth leading scorer at 8.8 points per game and also averaged 3.8 rebounds with 1.5 assists.

Williams posted a 39-minute video of the incident to YouTube last month before taking it down shortly thereafter. The video showed her and Bradford, along with other club patrons, throwing punches. She later apologized on Twitter.

“I would never want to represent myself or the organization in a negative way,” Williams said in her Oct. 4 apology Twitter post. “I’m learning everyday so I ask for grace as I’m growing. Again I apologize to all attached, and I will be better moving forward.”

Both players will have to serve their suspensions starting with he first game they are eligible next season with whatever team(s) they end up joining.

–Field Level Media

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