Spouse allegedly struck Ham with bottle

Updated: March 19, 2005, 1:22 AM ET
Associated Press

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The wife of Detroit Pistons forward Darvin Ham was arrested early Friday on a domestic assault charge, authorities said.

Oakland County sheriff's deputies were called to the couple's Rochester Hills home about 3 a.m. ET, Sgt. John Jacobson said. According to a sheriff's report cited by The Daily Oakland Press of Pontiac, Deneitra Ham allegedly struck her husband on the head with a wine bottle during a domestic dispute.

Ham, who was bleeding when deputies arrived but refused medical treatment, did not wish to press charges against his wife. But deputies took her into custody under a Michigan law allowing a police officer to make an arrest if the officer has reasonable cause to believe an assault has taken place.

Deneitra Ham was arraigned later Friday on a charge of domestic abuse and was released on a personal bond, Jacobson said. Misdemeanor domestic violence is punishable by up to 93 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Ham, a reserve who has played in 40 games this season, was placed on Detroit's injured list March 13 with tendinitis in his right knee. He was not present at The Palace of Auburn Hills for the Pistons' game Friday night against Toronto.

Ham, 31, has played eight NBA seasons with six teams. He is in his second season with the Pistons.


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