Clippers' Branden Dawson arrested on spousal abuse charge

LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles Clippers forward Branden Dawson has been arrested on suspicion of spousal abuse.

Los Angeles Police Officer Rosario Herrera says the 23-year-old player was taken into custody around 7:30 a.m. Sunday at a residence in the Playa Vista area, where the team's practice facility is located on the city's westside.

He was released on $50,000 bail about six hours later. Herrera didn't immediately know if Dawson has an attorney.

A Clippers spokesman said the team had no immediate comment on Dawson's arrest.

No further details have been released.

Dawson has appeared in two games for the Clippers this season, averaging 1.0 point and 1.5 rebounds.

He was recalled from the Erie (Pennsylvania) BayHawks of the NBA's D-League on Saturday. He wasn't with the Clippers for Sunday's nationally televised home game against Cleveland.

It was Dawson's fourth D-League assignment and his first in Erie this season. He averaged 19.2 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.2 steals in six games for the team. His other D-League stints were in Bakersfield, California, and Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Dawson, of Gary, Indiana, attended Michigan State, where he played four seasons and helped the Spartans reach the Final Four as a senior. He was drafted in the second round by the Clippers last summer.

Associated Press Writer Christopher Weber contributed to this report.