When you hear about domestic violence, it's not usually a woman who's on the offender end of the situation. But this time, the alleged offender is not only a woman, but she's a woman who should be a role model for girls everywhere. On Thursday evening, former WNBA player Chamique Holdsclaw was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault for allegedly bashing in the windows of her ex-girlfriend's SUV with a baseball bat -- and then shooting at the car with a gun. Holy crap.
WNBA player Jennifer Lacy told the police she'd been working out when Holdsclaw, her ex, came and asked if she could put some things in her car. Soon after she let her, Lacy noticed her car smelled like gasoline and that Holdsclaw was following her. Eek! When she pulled over at a friend's house, things got really scary.
At the friend's house, Holdsclaw allegedly got out of her own car and came over to Lacy's Range Rover with a baseball bat. She smashed the driver's window, the rear passenger window, and the back window before pulling out a handgun and firing it inside the car. Thankfully, Lacy, a player for the Tulsa Shock, was uninjured.
What could have possibly happened that made Holdsclaw snap like that? And in such a terrifying way? It's true that women do commit horrific acts of violence, but it's always shocking when they do. Heck, even on Criminal Minds, it's wacky when the unsub is a woman. We just aren't as often the perpetrators.
Holdsclaw's autobiography, Breaking Through: Beating the Odds Shot After Shot, was published in March of this year. In it, she talks about her battle with depression and how it impacted her career as a professional athlete. She's had a hard road, and managed to be an inspiration to girls, proof that you can succeed and achieve your dreams if you work hard and believe. But this is a tragic fall, and not at all the kind of behavior you'd expect from a woman who's come so far and achieved so much. Especially one that's been in the public eye for so long.
I wish I could give Lacy a hug. I'm sure it's absolutely terrifying to have someone you once loved start smashing your car -- while you're in it! -- with a baseball bat before pulling a gun. Even if you walk away from an incident like that without any physical injuries, you are sure to be emotionally scarred for life.
What do you think about women who turn violent on their current or former partners?
Image via Fulton County Sheriff