Former Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen's domestic assault, vandalism charges dismissed

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Domestic assault and vandalism charges against former Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen were dismissed Tuesday in Collierville Municipal Court, according to his attorney Leslie Ballin.

Allen appeared in court with his wife Desiree, who made a statement that she did not wish to press charges against her husband following his arrest Nov. 28. The judge agreed and the two left court together.

"Mr. Allen has started some counseling and the judge saw fit to dismiss the case based on (Mrs. Allen's) statement and the facts of the case," Ballin said.

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Allen was arrested after police were called for a disturbance outside an apartment. Desiree Allen told police she moved two weeks before the incident because she said her husband had "changed" and become "dark."

According to the police report, officers said Desiree Allen told them Tony Allen accused her of keeping him from their children and banged on the door to be let in.

Allen then "broke open the door" and confronted his wife in the master bedroom, according to police. After Desiree Allen said she'd call the police, she said Tony Allen took the phone from her and threw it in the toilet.

During the struggle, Desiree Allen's left knee rubbed against the bed frame and caused a "rug burn, " according to the report. Allen was arrested and initially charged with assault, vandalism and interference with emergency calls.

"All marriages have their up and downs. This was a bump in the road and they seem to be getting past it," Ballin said.

The Allens still face one charge of conspiracy to commit health care and wire fraud in federal court. Both were among 19 people arrested and charged in an alleged scheme involving the NBA's Health and Welfare Benefit Plan.

Both were released on their own recognizance after posting bond. Their next status conference will be held in federal court in New York on May 5.

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