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Oklahoma City Thunder: Guard DeAndre Liggins released from team, charged with domestic violence and kidnapping

Oklahoma City Thunder player DeAndre Liggins was charged with seven counts Friday, including counts of domestic abuse, kidnapping and domestic assault and battery, in connection with an incident at his home last month.

Liggins was also released by the Thunder, general manager Sam Presti announced in a team-released statement.

The charges against the Thunder reserve guard were filed late Friday afternoon in Oklahoma County District Court.

In addition, 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, court records show.

Liggins, 24, is charged with three counts of domestic abuse, two counts of domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, one count of kidnapping and one count of violating a protective order.

Marcus A. Rogers, 23, was also 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, court records show.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case, an argument between Liggins and his girlfriend, Jasmine Horton, at the basketball player's Oklahoma City home on Aug. 31 led to Liggins grabbing Horton by the hair, pulling her out of bed, throwing her to the ground and punching her 11 or 12 times. Most of the blows struck the back of her head, the affidavit states.

Liggins left the bedroom and Horton locked the bedroom door, but Liggins kicked the door open, grabbed her by the hair and threw her to the ground, where he again punched her, then stomped and kicked her on the head and back, the affidavit states.

Both incidents were witnessed by the couple's 2-year-old son, according to the affidavit.

Liggins is then accused of throwing an Xbox and box fan, striking Horton in the head with both items. Liggins and Rogers would not let Horton leave and blocked the doorway, but she managed to escape the house twice. Both times, Rogers grabbed her and dragged her back inside the house, according to the affidavit.

At some point during the alleged attack, Rogers used his cellphone to make a short video in which he “taunts and makes fun of the victim and the situation,” according to the affidavit.

After Liggins and Rogers left the house, Horton passed out on the bed for an unknown amount of time, waking to Liggins screaming in her face and again dragging her from the bed and to the floor, court papers show.

Horton begged the men to take her to a hospital, but they refused. However, at this point, Rogers stepped in between Liggins and Horton and she was able to run to a neighbor's house, according to court records. Liggins reportedly stopped chasing her when a neighbor came out to help.

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 and Rogers are free on bail and were not in the jail on Friday, jail officials said.

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