An assistant coach for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury reportedly severed two arteries during an alleged domestic violence incident last month, but avoided criminal charges after telling cops he cut himself while hanging Christmas lights.
TMZ Sports reports that Todd Troxel and his fiancée got into a heated argument on Nov. 30 after a Phoenix Suns game at the Talking Stick Resort Arena, where Troxel’s bride-to-be became enraged when he wanted to smoke marijuana in their Uber ride home.
The couple’s discord then continued at their home, where Troxel’s betrothed said she wanted to end their engagement, prompting him to erupt by grabbing her arm and pinning her to the ground, she told police. Troxel then yanked her hand when she got up, dislocating her finger, before following her to the front door, where he punched through a window and severely sliced his arm.
Troxel was rushed to a hospital after his fiancée called police. He was later put in an intensive care unit and needed surgery to repair his injuries. TMZ Sports obtained two photos of the bloody scene, depicting a shattered window by a wreath hanging on a front door and a blood-spattered floor.
Troxel told police at the hospital that he accidentally cut his arm while decorating the couple’s home for Christmas, but a nurse who spoke to his fiancée told investigators the woman had told her that wasn’t true.
Detectives later told Troxel’s fiancée that they had sufficient evidence to charge him with a crime, but she did not cooperate with investigators. Troxel was not arrested or charged with a crime in connection with the incident.
An operator who answered the phone Tuesday at the Talking Stick Resort Arena — where the Phoenix Mercury also play — declined to comment when reached by The Post.
“We don’t have a comment,” she said when asked if Troxel was still an employee of the team. “I have no information to give out.”
Troxel, according to the team’s media guide, is in his fifth season as assistant coach. He has also worked as a player development coach for several NBA players — including former standouts Yao Ming and O.J. Mayo — and served as a consultant for the Houston Rockets and the Chinese men’s national team.
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