After not addressing domestic violence allegations made against him while in Toronto, former Raptors guard Terence Davis finally spoke up during Saturday's media availability with his new team, the Sacramento Kings.
Davis, who faced seven charges stemming from an incident in a New York hotel room on Oct. 27, including two charges of assault in the third degree and one count of child endangerment, was not made available to speak with Toronto reporters during the remaining months of his tenure with the team since the allegations were made public. According to police reports, Davis was involved in a domestic dispute which sent a woman to the hospital with a bruised eye and smashed her phone while in the presence of their child.
Five of the charges were dismissed in February while Davis reportedly was granted an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal on the remaining two charges, which include endangering the welfare of a child and criminal mischief in the fourth degree. Those charges will be automatically dismissed next February if Davis fulfills the terms of his agreement.
“I don’t want to touch on it too much, but it’s still [kind of] ongoing. Not as much but I’m still going through some things” he said Saturday. “It’s a very sensitive subject matter, but I’m happy to be here and get a fresh, clean start.
“I was dealing with a lot in Toronto as far as mentally. Things just flipped, it was almost like the world was against me and my back was against the wall,” he said. “When you go through something like that it defines you — as a person, as a man, as a father.”
Davis, 23, saw limited playing time in Toronto after the charges were made public.
While the process proceeded in court, the Raptors did their own investigation, with president Masai Ujiri saying the front office consulted members of staff on their level of comfort in continuing to work with Davis. He made 34 appearances with Toronto before being traded to the Kings in the final hour of the NBA trade deadline.
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