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Former SuperSonic Charged With Domestic-Violence Assault

August 23, 1996

SEATTLE (AP) _ Xavier McDonald, a former Seattle SuperSonics forward, has been charged with domestic-violence assault against his girlfriend, the King County prosecutor’s office said.

McDaniel, 33, pleaded innocent to the charge in King County District Court on Wednesday. He was released on $10,000 bond.

The 6-foot-7, 215-pound McDonald is accused of choking Michelle Anderson during a fight at their south Seattle home on Monday and preventing her from calling 911, court records show.

A protection order also has been issued to prevent McDaniel from contacting Anderson, 30, or entering their home. The couple has a 22-month-old daughter.

No trial date has been set. If convicted, McDaniel could face up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine, said Dan Donohoe, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office.

McDaniel played in Greece last season after 10 years in the NBA, six with Seattle.

In 1986, McDaniel was charged with domestic-violence assault against his then-wife, Sylvia. He was placed on probation for a year after agreeing to seek family counseling and abstain from alcohol.

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