Sacramento Kings star Ron Artest, who is famously remembered for his role in a National Basketball Association brawl in 2004, was suspended indefinitely after his arrest Monday on domestic violence charges.
Artest was arrested on Monday morning at his home, Placer County sheriff's officials said, and booked into the county jail.
Police who arrived found a woman who had telephoned the authorities and, after interviewing her and Artest seperately, arrested the former Indiana Pacer.
Artest was arrested on charges of domestic violence and using force or violence to prevent a victim from reporting a crime.
Artest posted $50,000 bail and was released.
Kings president of basketball operations Geoff Petrie said that Artest would not immediately return to the club.
"The Kings have excused Ron Artest indefinitely from any further participation with the team due to his arrest today for domestic violence," Petrie said in a statement.
"The Kings will continue to accumulate reliable and official facts and information over the next several days before taking any further action."
While playing for the Indiana Pacers, Artest was at the center of a 2004 brawl during an NBA game in suburban Detroit and suspended for 75 games, losing $5 million in the longest non-drug ban in NBA history.
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