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Darren Collison speaks out on suspension following domestic violence guilty plea

With recents news of his eight-game suspension handed by the league, Sacramento Kings point guard Darren Collison spoke out in depth about the issue after practice on Monday.

Collison was suspended on Sunday after pleading guilty to a domestic violence case from May 30 involving his wife at their Granite Bay home.

“I accept the penalty and now it’s time to move forward, try and focus on the future and do whatever it takes to help my teammates win,” Collison told James Ham of CSN Bay Area.

“It was out of my control,” Collison said of the suspension. “Right now it’s just about putting it behind me, you know what I mean. Focusing on my family. Focusing on the team and going from there. I know my situation, I know exactly what happened. From here, you’ve just got to move forward and accept it and just go from there.”

His teammate, DeMarcus Cousins, stood by him and was supportive of his teammate immediately after Collison was done with his interview.

“We all know DC’s an incredible guy,” Cousins said. “It’s unfortunate that he’s going through a situation like this, but he has the support from his family, from his teammates, from the organization to help him get through this and move on from it and we’ll be ready for him when he gets back.”

Sacramento will likely run with a combination of Ty Lawson and Jordan Farmar during the first stretch of the regular season. Depending on the adjustments new coach Dave Joerger chooses to make, rookie Isaiah Cousins could see some time at both guard positions.

The Kings opened their preseason schedule against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. Collison saw 12 minutes of action – the suspension does not include preseason games – making only two free throws in the game.

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