Breakers cut ties with troubled guard Rice


The son of a former NBA star, Rice Jr. arrived at the Breakers on November 5 as an injury replacement for fellow-import Scotty Hopson.

The recruitment was criticised due to his troubled past, which included brushes with the law in the United States and clashes with teammates at more than one of his former clubs.

Two games into his NBL stint, Rice Jr. was arrested after a late-night incident and appeared in court charged with assault with intent to injure.

The former Washington Wizards player pleaded not guilty and is due to reappear in February.

Rice Jr. was suspended indefinitely but last Friday was dramatically restored to the Breakers’ roster for that night’s game against the Taipans in Cairns, after a Basketball Australia integrity unit investigation found he had no further case to answer.

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The player’s unquestioned ability was on show as he delivered a game-high 30 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.

The bail breach occurred two days later and he has been bailed again to reappear in court on his original hearing date of February 10.

The Breakers statement reiterated the promise of owner Matt Walsh, who has previously said they will help Rice deal with his personal issues and also help him through the legal process.

“The club will continue to assist Mr Rice with his personal struggles until he is freely able to return home to his family in the United States,” the statement read.



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