Report: Glen Rice Jr. Released by Israeli Team After Punching Teammate in Face

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 11, 2018

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Former NBA guard Glen Rice Jr. was released by Hapoel Holon in Israel after punching a teammate in the face, according to Daniel Popper of the New York Daily News.

After a loss Monday night, Rice hit teammate Guy Pnini, who was then hospitalized with a possible facial fracture.

The 27-year-old was the best player on the first-place squad in the Israeli Basketball Premier League, leading the team and the league with 24.3 points per game.

Rice's father, Glen, spent 15 years in the NBA while earning three All-Star appearances, but the younger athlete hasn't been nearly as successful in his basketball career.

The 2013 second-round pick played just 16 games in two seasons with the Washington Wizards, spending a good portion of his time in the G League. He was waived by the team in 2015 and despite a few successful showings in Summer League, was unable to make another NBA roster.

Meanwhile, his off-court problems became another hindrance.

He was dismissed from Georgia Tech after a DUI arrest and has had more problems since leaving the NBA. He was arrested in 2016 for a robbery and again in 2017 on battery charges. Rice was also shot in the leg in 2015.

It appears his career could once again be derailed due to a non-basketball issue.


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