The wife of former Miami Heat center Willie Reed has asked prosecutors to drop domestic violence charges against her husband stemming from an incident last week in which she initially claimed he grabbed her hair.
Jasmine Reed presented the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office a notarized affidavit Tuesday saying she wished to nullify a court-granted stay-away order and that she no longer wants the state to prosecute her husband for domestic violence.
Jasmine Reed said Saturday’s incident at the luxury downtown condominium the couple share was “totally blown out of proportion” and that she didn’t call the police or ask anyone to call the police.
Through her attorney Ivlis Mantilla, Reed said, “Willie is a good man and a great father. I have no intention of pressing charges and I have asked the authorities to immediately dismiss all charges against Willie. This is a private matter between my husband and I and for the sake of our family I would like to keep it that way.”
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Willie Reed, 27, a former backup center for the Heat who now plays for the Los Angeles Clippers, was arrested Saturday night on a battery charge after a domestic incident involving his wife in their apartment at the Marquis Miami, 1100 Biscayne Blvd.
According to his arrest affidavit, Jasmine Reed said her husband pulled her hair while she held their youngest child and that she eventually hit him in the head with a glass candle in order to escape.
The report said Jasmine Reed had visible red marks on several parts of her body and a swollen left foot.
She told police the argument began on the balcony of the apartment after she told the father of her two children and her husband of two years that she wanted a divorce. The fight became physical, Jasmine Reed told police, when the two began a tug-of-war over a purse and when she was dragged after the strap broke.
After escaping, she went downstairs to the lobby, then back upstairs again to get her children, she told police. She managed to grab their youngest child, but told police Willie Reed grabbed her hair before she got to the elevator. Then she hit him with the candle.
In the one-page petition Jasmine Reed wrote Tuesday to the state attorney, she warned police and prosecutors to allow her privacy.
“I do not wish to be contacted by any member of the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office or the Miami Police Department and their failure to honor such a request would constitute harassment and be an invasion of my privacy rights,” Jasmine Reed wrote. “ I do not wish to pursue this matter or the prosecution of him. I would hope they and the court respect my wishes.”
Willie Reed is a six-year NBA veteran who stands six-feet, 11 inches tall and weighs 245 pounds. He signed with the Clippers this year averaging five points and five rebounds a game last season for the Heat while backing up Heat center Hassan Whiteside.