UPDATE: Former Thunder player, friend plead not guilty in assault case
OKLAHOMA CITY — A former Thunder player pleads not guilty to seven felony charges following a violent domestic assault.
Police arrested DeAndre Liggins last month after he and a friend allegedly kidnapped and violently assaulted Liggins’ girlfriend inside their home.
Liggins’ childhood friend Marcus Rogers allegedly witnessed the attack and court records claim he dragged the victim back the house when she tried to escape.
On Friday, both suspects pleaded not guilty. Rogers hid his face while turning himself in at the county jail.
Liggins had a short message for Thunder fans.
“I love ‘em,” said Liggins.
“We are sending the message that we don’t tolerate violent in our community. We don’t want to see women and children hurt,” said YWCA domestic violence expert Kristie Mitchell.
Mitchell says unfortunately one in four women fall victim to domestic violence around the country.
The allegations against Liggins illustrate how there needs to be a zero tolerance policy for domestic attacks.
“This is a problem that is all too common. It can happen to anyone and everyone needs to understand the help available,” said Mitchell.
Liggins is charged with domestic assault and battery and kidnapping. He remains free on bond.
His attorney declined to talk about the case.
Just a few days after the incident took place, the Thunder announced they had waived Liggins.