SEATTLE -- Seattle SuperSonics guard Dale Ellis was arrested on charges of domestic violence and resisting arrest Sunday after police received a telephone call from his home.
Ellis, who scored a career-high 49 points against the Sacramento Kings last Thursday, was arrested early Sunday morning by Bellevue, Wash., police, who responded to a domestic-violence call from the home he shares with his wife, Monique.
Ellis was booked into the King County Jail about 10:30 a.m. on charges of domestic violence, civil assault, resisting arrest and having an outstanding warrant for driving without a licence. All three charges are misdemeanors.
Ellis was held about 2 hours before being released on $1,800 bail provided by SuperSonics President Bob Whitsitt. Ellis could not be reached for comment.
'This is a domestic problem with Dale and Monique and we hope they are able to work it out,' Whitsitt said, adding that the incident would not keep him out of Monday night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
'He will definitely play, as far as we are concerned,' Whitsitt said.
Ellis, 28, has been having one of his best years since joining the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks in 1983, averaging 29.2 points per game. He was traded to Seattle in 1986.
A noted 3-point shooter, the 6-foot-7 guard averaged more than 20 points per game during the 1986-87 and 1987-88 seasons.
Last year he openly expressed his frustration that despite his performance, he was receiving significantly less salary than some other team members. However, last summer the Sonics renegotiated his contract, now reportedly worth $7.3 million over six years.
Ellis' wife, Monique, made the news last season when she got into a shoving match after a game with the wife of SuperSonics center Alton Lister. The Seattle media reported the fight may have been caused in part by the frustrations felt by Ellis and his wife over his salary.