In what will come as no surprise following the news that Earnest Ross took out a restraining order against him, Zach Price has been dismissed from the Missouri basketball team. From Steve Walentik's report at the Trib:
"Last week’s situation was unacceptable and after a review, I have decided that Zach will no longer be a part of our program," Coach Frank Haith said in a statement released by the school Thursday afternoon. "The off-the-court incidents involving our program over the past few months will not be tolerated. Our program represents the entire university and needs to be an asset. That’s my responsibility as our head coach at Mizzou and we’ll get it fixed."
No charges have yet been filed against Price, but he had been suspended the past week while Haith said he was gathering information about the incidents that led to his arrests.
He was first arrested early last Thursday morning on suspicion of third-degree domestic assault and third-degree assault, both Class C misdemeanors, after an incident near Stadium Boulevard and Ash Street that occurred shortly after 1 a.m. According to the probable cause statement, Price was involved in a dispute with a 23-year-old "male roommate" and a 23-year-old female and blocked them in with his car before exiting his own vehicle and punching the male victim in the face. He allegedly pushed the female victim to the ground when she tried to intervene.
I really wasn't sure what to think about this situation until the restraining order came to light. At that point, I figured Frank Haith had no choice but to drop Price. Hopefully this was an isolated incident, and he figures out how to manage his anger in future endeavors. He won't be doing so at Mizzou.
With the comings and goings of recent weeks, we'll have to put a Scholarship Breakdown post together soon. But we'll wait until Jabari Brown finalizes his decision one way or another, I guess.
Hell of a week.