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WNBA suspends Courtney Williams, Crystal Bradford for altercation

Courtney Williams connects on a game-winning 3 against the Liberty. (@AtlantaDream)

The WNBA has suspended former Atlanta Dream players Courtney Williams and Crystal Bradford for their roles in an altercation outside of an Atlanta day club in May.

The suspension, per a WNBA release, is due to the players’ violations of the league’s health and safety protocol. Williams will be suspended for two games and Bradford for one.

“The suspensions will be served with the first regular season game that each player is eligible to play following the signing of a new Standard Player Contract,” read the release.

Video of the fight surfaced in October. Following the incident, the Dream informed the players’ agent, Marcus Crenshaw, that they did not intend to bring back either player. That was later confirmed by newly-hired general manager Dan Padover.

Both Williams and Bradford are free agents this offseason. Williams was one of 10 players to sign with Athletes Unlimited for their inaugural basketball season in January.

On Tuesday, the guard commented on the suspension on Twitter.

“I wanted you all to hear it from me personally,” she wrote. “I’ll be missing the 1st 2 games of the upcoming WNBA Season due to the altercation that transpired months ago. It was a terribly unfortunate incident, I know that and I sincerely regret my part in it.”

In a subsequent tweet, Williams said the incident was “a learning life lesson.”

“As I said before, I have a-lot more growing to do,” she wrote. “And I’m committed to doing just that! I love y’all fr fr and we only UP from here!”