12-Year Veteran NBA Guard Arrested For Domestic Violence After Signing In China

It's been a hectic 24 hours for a 12-year NBA veteran and two-time All-Defensive Team member. Just hours after word came down of a contract agreement to play in China for free agent guard Eric Bledsoe, he's been arrested for misdemeanor domestic violence. 

According to TMZ, Bledsoe was arrested for "slapping" his girlfriend at a Lost Hill, California residence. The woman had posted to her Instagram account a picture of herself with a bruised face. The caption read, in all caps, "NO RELATIONSHIP LIKE THIS IS EVER WORTH STAYING IN." She also added, "Domestic violence is real! This wasn't the first time but I sat here and stayed so it's my fault!!

"Eric Bledsoe really is a monster." 

The post has since been deleted.

Just hours earlier, Bledsoe, who played 54 games for the Los Angeles Clippers last season, had signed a deal to play with the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association. It's unknown if this latest development will change his contractual status with the Sharks. 

Bledsoe was a top defensive guard for 12 seasons in the NBA, being named to the All-Defensive Team twice (2019 and 2020). He'd averaged 13.7 points, 4.7 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals over his dozen years in the league. He's also played for the Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks and New Orleans Pelicans.