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Former Miami Heat center Willie Reed arrested on domestic violence charge

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Former Miami Heat backup center Willie Reed was arrested Saturday night on a domestic violence charge of misdemeanor battery.

Reed’s wife, Jasmine Reed, told police the NBA player pulled her hair while she was holding their youngest child, and later bashed him in the head with a glass candle to escape Saturday afternoon at their downtown Miami luxury apartment.

Reed’s account, according to his arrest report: He never put his hands on his wife, but did touch her hair as she got on the elevator at the Marquis Miami, 1100 Biscayne Blvd. And he admitted that he grabbed her purse and her shirt.

The officer taking the report noted that Jasmine Reed “had red marks on her left wrist, right bicep, the right side of her chest and her back. She also had some swelling on her left foot.”

Willie Reed, 27, who signed with the Los Angeles Clippers last month, spent Sunday morning and early afternoon in jail before posting $1,500 cash bond.

“Willie will continue to cooperate with the authorities and with the league so that they have all of the facts regarding this misdemeanor allegation,” said Reed’s defense lawyer, David O. Markus.

The arrest report said Jasmine Reed told police the argument started on their apartment’s balcony when she told her husband of two years and father of their two kids that she wanted a divorce.

Jasmine said Willie told her to go, but to leave everything he bought her behind, and backed up the conditional release by grabbing her purse, according to the report. Their tug-of-war over the purse sent his wife to the ground, across which she said she was dragged until the strap broke.

She said she used that freedom to scamper inside the apartment as her husband reached for her, tearing her shirt. Upon getting to the lobby with her purse, she said left it with the concierge and went back upstairs to get their children.

She said she was able to collect her younger son and was heading for the elevator when Reed snatched her by the hair to get her to put the child down. After she did, he followed up by using her left wrist for an arm twist that brought her to her knees, the report said.

As Willie Reed leaned over her, Jasmine Reed reached for a glass candle and hit him in the head. That allowed her, she said, to hop onto the elevator, which opens directly into their apartment. She called police from the lobby.

Reed, who was not drafted after turning pro in 2011, proved a capable backup to Heat star center Hassan Whiteside, especially as the team ran off a 30-11 record in the second half of the 2016-17 NBA season.

Reed averaged 5.3 points and 4.7 rebounds, while logging just over 14 minutes, during his time with Miami. As a fill-in starter, though, the 6-11, 245-pounder was exceptional. In five games with Whiteside out, Reed averaged 14.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. His best game was a 22-point, 18-rebound effort in a Jan. 3 loss to the Suns.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal