Gary Payton is being accused of assaulting a woman in January

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Gary Payton has been suspended for the duration of the investigation into his pending assault charge, stemming from a January incident.

Allegedly, Payton, the former Seattle Sonics standout guard, assaulted a woman named Trishtan Williams, who was his date to an awards function they both attended. Payton has denied that said assault ever took place, and believes the charges are Williams’ attempt to extort money from him.


Fox Sports has released a statement to Huffington Post:

Regardless of the circumstance, domestic violence is abhorrent and inexcusable and FOX takes these accusations very seriously. 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.