Troubling allegations surface
The Seattle Storm organization said in a statement Saturday that it is looking into abuse allegations involving forward Natasha Howard, according to Alex Coffey of The Athletic.
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Her wife posted multiple videos on Twitter saying Howard threatened and abused her. Along with videos were screenshots of conversations with Howard, Howard’s mother, agent and Seattle Storm General Manager Alisha Valavanis.
Howard was recently named a starter for the 2019 WNBA All-Star game.
”The organization is aware of the recent allegations against Natasha,” Seattle Storm co-owner Lisa Brummel and Valavanis said in a statement to The Athletic. “We are in communication with the league and looking into them.”
In April, WNBA free agent Riquna Williams was arrested on assault charges involving her ex-girlfriend. The Los Angeles Sparks re-signed Williams in May, and Williams’ agent said earlier this month that the league is seeking to suspend his client over the ongoing case.
In May, the Sparks told High Post Hoops via email, “The Los Angeles Sparks are aware of the allegations surrounding guard Riquna Williams. We’re monitoring the situation and will have no comment until the legal process is completed.”
In 2015, Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson were both suspended seven games following their arrests after being involved in a domestic violence incident. Then-WNBA President Laurel Richie said in a statement, “Brittney and Glory’s conduct is detrimental to the best interests of the WNBA and violates applicable law. We also understand that people make mistakes, and that education and training are as important as imposing discipline.”
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