Former Washington Wizards swingman Glen Rice Jr. has been cut by his professional team in Israel after he punched a teammate in the face in the team’s locker room, the Associated Press reported early Tuesday. It’s the latest in a string of incidents involving the 27-year-old son of NBA great Glen Rice Sr.
Rice was the Israeli league’s leading scorer at more than 24 points per game and had helped lead Hapoel Holon to the top of the standings. But the team released him because of a “severe disciplinary infraction” after he punched teammate Guy Pnini, according to the AP.
Selected by the 76ers with the 35th overall pick of the 2013 NBA draft, Rice was dealt to the Wizards in a draft-night trade. Splitting his time between the NBA franchise and the developmental G League, he played limited minutes in 16 games for Washington in 2013 and 2014, averaging 2.7 points per game, and was named MVP of the 2014 NBA summer league before being released in January 2015.
Rice was shot in the leg during a dispute at an Atlanta restaurant in October 2015; police also charged him with reckless conduct and marijuana possession after finding more than eight ounces of the substance in a bag that also contained his passport. Less than a year later, Rice was arrested on aggravated battery and drug-possession charges in Georgia. In February 2017, Rice was arrested again on misdemeanor battery charges in Miami Gardens, Fla., after police said he punched a strip-club doorman in the face. He received six months of probation and community service, according to online court records.
In August, Rice signed with a team in the Philippines but returned to the United States in October, two days after drawing a flagrant foul and then an ejection for throwing the ball at an opposing player during a game. Rice later apologized to the team in hopes that it would release him from his contract so he could sign with Hapoel Holon in Israel.
Rice played three seasons at Georgia Tech but was dismissed from the program in March 2012, shortly after the end of his junior season, following his arrest on a DUI charge. He spent the following season in the G League, helping lead the Rio Grande Valley Vipers to the league championship.
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