London Warren, doing things his way:
In an incident stemming from a gunshot fired from a car, Georgia Tech basketball player Glen Rice Jr. was charged with permitting unlawful operation last Wednesday. A Tech graduate assistant who played for coach Brian Gregory at Dayton, London Warren, was charged with DUI-less safe.
In a statement issued Monday, Gregory said Warren has been dismissed from the program. The status of Rice, who has been suspended from the team since Feb. 17, will be reviewed in the near future.
“I’m deeply disappointed in the actions of these two individuals associated with our basketball program,” Gregory said in the statement.
According to an Atlanta Police Department incident report, Rice was a passenger in a Cadillac Escalade leaving Halo Lounge in Midtown near the Tech campus early Wednesday, one day before Tech played its opening-round game of the ACC tournament at Philips Arena. Police responded to a shots fired call and pulled over the Escalade at the intersection of West Peachtree and 10th streets. The incident report stated that Warren, the driver, was glossy-eyed with the odor of alcohol on his breath and was unable to stand, swaying back and forth.
Another passenger in the car, Steven Pryor, admitted to firing the gunshot from a 9-millimeter Ruger pistol. Pryor, who had a firearms license in his wallet, told police it was an accident as he tried to remove the gun from between the seats. Pryor, who is not a part of the basketball team, was arrested and charged with discharge of a firearm while under the influence. Police searched the club for victims or property damage and did not find anything.
The only mention of Rice in the incident report was his charge of permitting unlawful operation.
Tech’s season, Gregory’s first, ended Thursday night with a loss to Miami. Warren was suspended for the game and dismissed afterwards.
Rice, Tech’s leading scorer and rebounder this season, was on shaky ground with the team even prior to Gregory’s hire last March. Previous coach Paul Hewitt benched Rice for the final five games of the 2010-11 season for disciplinary reasons. Gregory suspended him for the first three games of this season for violating team rules and then suspended him following the Wake Forest game Feb. 15. He did not practice or play with the team from that point forward.
How Gregory thought bringing London to Atlanta in the first place was a good idea says a lot about BG’s decision-making. Terrible season, player and grad-assistant in an Escalade firing guns out the window. Good luck, Coach!