More domestic violence in sports, this time involving former WNBA and University of Tennessee basketball star Chamique Holdsclaw. Holdsclaw was arrested on domestic violence charges for an incident involving ex-girlfriend Jennifer Lacy – reminding us that domestic violence isn’t just a man on woman problem and partner violence is a problem in lesbian relationships, too.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Holdsclaw was charged Tuesday with two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of criminal damage to property and possession of a firearm. Lacy said Holdsclaw came to a church where she was working out and said she wanted to put some things in Lacy’s car. When Lacy left later, she smelled gasoline and noticed Holdsclaw was following her.
Jennifer Lacy said she drove to a friend’s house on Hemphill Avenue, at which time Holdsclaw got out of her car with a baseball bat and began smashing the windows in Lacy’s Range Rover, the report said. After breaking the driver’s side window, a rear passenger’s window and the rear window, Holdsclaw produced a handgun, fired inside the SUV and fled the scene, the report said.
Lacy wasn’t injured.
It’s sad because Holdsclaw — who details her early-career struggle with depression in an autobiography, Breaking Through: Beating The Odds Shot After Shot — is currently a spokeswoman for Active Minds, an organization “dedicated to empowering students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and increase help seeking.” It doesn’t seem like Holdsclaw is effectively treating her own mental health problems right now.
I should point out, though, that I feel a little uncomfortable with my reaction here. Thinking that Holdsclaw struggled with depression and maybe other mental health problems, had conquered her proverbial demons, become a mental health role model and then lost control does seem sad. But would I have been so quick to consider the abuser’s mental state or find sympathy for someone committing assault if Holdsclaw was a dude? I’m not sure.