Wallace is arrested on N.C. visit Bullets forward charged with misdemeanor assault

April 09, 1996|By Jerry Bembry | Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF

LANDOVER -- Rookie forward Rasheed Wallace was back with the Washington Bullets last night, one day after his arrest in North Carolina on a misdemeanor assault charge involving his former girlfriend.

Police in Durham, N.C., said Wallace was arrested there Sunday after failing to obey a restraining order filed against him by Chiquita Bryant, the mother of Wallace's son, Ishmiel.

Under the advice of his agent, Bill Strickland, Wallace would not comment on the charge. Strickland said that he was unaware of any restraining order, and that Wallace did not strike Bryant. A court appearance is scheduled May 7, but Strickland said that he doesn't expect the matter to reach that point.

"It was just an unfortunate incident between Rasheed and the mother of his child regarding some visitation situation," Strickland said. "Both parties realized it was foolish, and they're looking forward to trying to repair the situation within the family."

Strickland said Wallace, who played in college at North Carolina, was held by police for about an hour. Wallace suffered a broken thumb in a game against the Orlando Magic on March 22 and will miss the rest of the season. He was averaging 10.1 points and 4.7 rebounds.

Pub Date: 4/09/96

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