THE SIDELINES : North Carolina’s Rice Arrested

<i> From Times Wire Services</i>

North Carolina guard King Rice was arrested this morning for assaulting a female, resisting arrest and destruction of public property, authorities said. He was later released under $2,500 bond.

Chapel Hill Police Capt. Ralph Pendergraph said the incident began at 3 a.m. in the downtown area.

“One of our officers observed (Rice) struggling with a female at University Square,” Pendergraph said. “It appeared that he was choking the person.”

Pendergraph said Rice and the unidentified woman apparently knew each other. When Public Safety Officer Ed Brooks attempted to take Rice into custody, he resisted, according to Pendergraph. Officer Ben Wiseman suffered a dislocated thumb, Pendergraph said.


“As a member of the basketball program (Rice) has certain responsibilities and that issue will be dealt with privately,” Coach Dean Smith said.