Jeff Van Gundy: NBA Should Suspend Players for the Season for Domestic Violence

During Tuesday night’s broadcast of the Knicks-Rockets preseason battle, Jeff Van Gundy advocated for a zero-tolerance policy in the NBA for players convicted of a domestic violence felony.

While discussing Darren Collison’s recent 8-game suspension—the 29-year-old pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge—JVG argued that the League should make players sit out the full season.

The former head coach also pushed for a full ban if a player is convicted twice.

Per SB Nation:

“My one suggestion going forward is, any felony committed against a woman should be a full-season suspension,” Van Gundy said during the ESPN broadcast on Tuesday. “And on the second one, you’re gone.”


“Let’s stop with trying to give out [free passes] … because the one thing I learned today, it’s not a mistake,” he said. “It’s a choice. It’s a choice to commit a violent act, and I just think we’ve got to … it’s … eight games, he comes back. I just think we’ve got to do more instead of … like you said, the NBA’s always been on the forefront. Let’s be on the forefront of this.”