Sunday was a rough day for former Washington Wizard Glen Rice Jr.
First, he was shot in the leg outside an Atlanta area restaurant partially owned by rapper T.I. Later, at the hospital, he was arrested because he was carrying half a pound of marijuana on him, according to a police report quoted by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The Atlanta police report from Sunday night says that officers met with a restaurant employee upon responding to the scene, on Ivan Allen Boulevard. The employee said that a group of men who had been at the restaurant began quarreling and were asked to leave.
The squabbling continued outside, and a shot rang out. The report does not indicate who is suspected of doing the shooting, which injured Rice in the leg. A Smith and Wesson revolver was later recovered at the scene, and may be stolen, the police report said.
There is video of the incident, but police have yet to name the shooter. That video also shows Rice throwing a gun into the stairwell of the restaurant, which police found and believe was stolen in Tennesee recently. Rice tried to leave the scene in a black Porche with one of his group, went to a couple different hospitals, and there had a conversations with a couple police officers, according to the report.
This next part is from the police report itself.
“I noticed a black book bag that was abandoned on the parking lot next to the Porsche. I opened the bag and found 240.4 Grams of marijuana and a US Passport that belongs to Mr. Rice. ID took pictures of the bag and its contents, and the bag was handed over to Investigator Fowler along with $5,953 in cash that was in Mr. Rice’s possession when he was shot and they were left inside the vehicle to be taken to property as evidence. Mr. Rice was charged with reckless conduct and possession of marijuana (240.4 Grams).”
Rice, the son of former three-time All-Star and NBA champion Glen Rice Sr., was the No. 35 pick in the 2013 NBA draft but he never stuck with the Wizards (despite being the 2014 NBA Summer League MVP). While he showed a decent shot, he struggled against NBA level defenses, and displayed a challenging attitude that caused Wizards coaches to cut bait mid-season (and no other team to pick him up).
He was off the NBA radar — notice he didn’t even have a training camp invite this season — and this is not going to help matters.