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WNBA star Reed suspended

HATTIESBURG, Mississippi (Court TV) -- A former WNBA All-Star faces three misdemeanor drug possession charges and has been suspended indefinitely from the team.

Brandy Reed, 25, of the Phoenix Mercury was arrested April 5 in Hattiesburg for possession of marijuana. She did not appear for a hearing on April 15 and a city court clerk says no trial date has been set.

Mercury officials said Reed was suspended June 18 for conduct detrimental to the team and not because of the criminal charges. In games just prior to her suspension, Reed did not participate in team huddles and was not performing at her usual level, they said.

The legal problems are the latest for Reed, who was arrested November 13, 2001, for possession of marijuana and driving on the wrong side of the road. Those charges are still pending in Hattiesburg.

Reed has a career average of 13.5 points per game but is only averaging 7.6 points this season. Reed's best season was 2000 when she averaged 19 points and nearly six rebounds per game. Reed is a graduate of Southern Mississippi University in Hattiesburg.

NHL Panthers player arrested for DUI

WILTON MANORS, Florida -- A Florida Panthers left wing was arrested June 16 after he allegedly kicked in the window of a police cruiser that had pulled him over for drunken driving.

Police say Peter Worrell rammed the back of a car stopped at a red light. He then backed up and drove off. The driver of the other car saw a police cruiser and motioned for the officer to follow Worrell. When the deputy pulled Worrell over, he allegedly smelled alcohol on his breath. Worrell did not perform well on the roadside tests and refused to take a Breathalyzer test, instead kicking the cruiser's window off track, police said. The refusal resulted in an automatic license suspension.

Worrell has been charged with seven counts, including drunken driving, leaving the scene of a crash and criminal mischief.

Worrell, who at 6-foot-6, 245 pounds, is the team's enforcer, scored four goals and had five assists in 79 games this season. His 33 fights led the league and he spent 354 minutes in the penalty box.

Former Jazz center convicted of assault

HOLLADAY, Utah -- Former Utah Jazz center Olden Polynice was convicted June 19 of misdemeanor assault for a scuffle on a golf course.

The incident occurred July 23, 2001, when Polynice was hit in the arm by a tee shot and then accused of another golfer.

Tyler Swensen, 21, testified that Polynice pushed him, punched him in the face and kidney and spit in his eye when Swensen and a friend tried to apologize for the incident. Swensen said he did not try to defend himself and his friends did not try to help him.

Polynice claimed he felt threatened because there were four men in Swensen's group. He admitted pushing Swensen twice, once in the face.

A four-member jury did not believe the self-defense claims and convicted Polynice. He faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine when he is sentenced July 15.

Polynice a career average of 7.8 points per game and recorded 651 blocked shots in 14 NBA seasons. He opted out of a $2.4 million contract with the Jazz after the 2001 season and still hopes to join another team.

College coach accused of breaking into woman's home

RADFORD, Virginia -- An assistant men's basketball coach for Radford University was arrested after allegedly breaking into a woman's apartment and trying to take her clothes off.

Chibi Johnson, 27, was charged June 21 with breaking and entering with intent to commit assault and battery. Johnson broke into the apartment at about 2:30 a.m. and began pulling on the woman's clothes. He and the woman knew each other but had no sort of relationship, police said. The case is still under investigation.

Johnson has been placed on paid administrative leave until the General District Court case is closed.

Johnson played for Radnor from 1994 to 1998 and helped lead the team to its only NCAA tournament berth in 1998. He became an assistant coach for the Highlanders in 2000.

Youth football player charged after breaking opponent's arm

SEATTLE -- A late hit in a football game is usually penalized in yards, but one youth player now faces criminal charges.

A 13-year-old player tackled the opposing quarterback, Rodell Razor Jr., after Razor handed the ball off to a teammate in a game last October. The tackle broke two bones in Razor's forearm leading prosecutors to say the hit was intentional. The player, who has not been identified because he is a minor, now faces a criminal charge in King County Juvenile Court. He is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.

About 10 witnesses told authorities that the boy jumped on Razor's arm after he was on the ground. The hit was said to be retaliation since Razor's team was winning 33-6 at the time of the incident.

Supporters of the boy said Razor stuck his arm out as he was falling, and the impact with the ground caused him to break his arm.

-- The Penalty Box, a weekly feature of, is reported by Stephen A. Lawrence




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