Gary Payton reportedly suspended by Fox Sports 1

Gary Payton reportedly suspended by Fox Sports 1

Gary Payton has been suspended indefinitely from his role as a Fox Sports 1 NBA analyst as the company investigates domestic violence accusations made in a civil lawsuit, Fox Sports 1 said in a statement given to multiple media outlets.

According to awfulannouncing.com, a lawsuit was filed claiming that Payton assaulted a woman three times in one evening during a January event. Payton denies the claim.

Payton was suspended from Fox Sports while an investigation into the case is ongoing, awfulannouncing.com reported. Fox Sports issued a statement to the popular sports media blog, saying that Payton was notified of their decision as soon as the company was made aware of the assault claim.

“Regardless of the circumstance, domestic violence is abhorrent and inexcusable and FOX takes these accusations very seriously,” the statement reads.

Payton played 13 years with the Sonics, and along with Shawn Kemp, led the team to the NBA Finals in 1996. He has worked with Fox Sports since 2013.