Former New Zealand Breakers star Glen Rice Jr has avoided a court appearance on serious assault charges because he’s stranded in the United States due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.
The son of NBA star Glen Rice failed to show up to the Auckland District Court on Thursday.
Judge Emma Parsons told the Auckland District Court that the US forward had to be excused from attending because he was stranded in the US before the outbreak of the Coronavirus.
It was not clear when, or why, he was able to leave the country whilst facing a charge of injuring with intent to injure which arose following an incident at a bar in Auckland in November.
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The Judge noted on the file that Rice was unable to meet his bail conditions because of the restrictions on international travel, due to Covid-19.
Rice’s case will next be called in August, but he has been officially excused from attending.
The nearly 2m tall 29-year-old is understood to be in Texas.
Rice’s 35 days in New Zealand
His time in the NBL was a rollercoaster to say the least.
On November 5 the Breakers announced that they had signed the former NBA bad boy as injury replacement, a move that copped plenty of criticism.
After appearing in just two games for the Breakers, Rice was arrested on November 14.
Following the alleged assault, the owner Matt Walsh said he didn’t see Rice playing for Breakers again.
But the club back flipped on that statement and just hours after the import had been cleared to play by Basketball Australia’s Integrity Unit, he was back on the court.
This time he lasted just two days before being picked up by police in Auckland for breaching the terms of his bail.
The Breakers subsequently announced they would be cutting ties with the one-time Washington Wizard.