Gary Payton has been suspended from his analyst gig on FOX Sports due to a woman accusing him of putting his hands on her, TMZ reports. A woman, Trishtan Williams, claims that she accompanied Payton to an award show in Seattle, WA back in Janury and that he attacked her multiple times that night.
Williams alleged that Payton shoved her in a bar, then assaulted her in a car and then again in a hotel room.
The former NBA All-Star said that Williams is making these allegations to score a big pay day but FOX, where Payton has worked since 2013, is taking these allegations seriously.
“Regardless of the circumstance, domestic violence is abhorrent and inexcusable and FOX takes these accusations very seriously,” the network said in a statement to the Huffington Post. “As soon as we were made aware of the claim, we began an internal investigation. Mr. Payton was suspended immediately pending the completion of the investigation. Out of respect for both parties we will not be making any additional statements.”
Payton is suspended indefinitely. Williams also sued Payton over the assault for an undisclosed amount.