Ex-Mizzou basketball player seeks protection from teammate

Ex-Mizzou basketball player seeks protection from teammate

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COLUMBIA, MO - JANUARY 25: Brenton Williams #1 of the South Carolina Gamecocks tries to intercept a pass to Earnest Ross #33 of the Missouri Tigers during the game at Mizzou Arena on January 25, 2014 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 10 at 1:49 PM

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- A former Missouri basketball player is seeking a protection order against Zach Price, who remains suspended from the team after being arrested for allegedly assaulting his roommate and a woman.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reported Wednesday that Earnest Ross filed the petition in Boone County Circuit Court on April 2.  Price was arrested twice the next day after reportedly first ramming his car into another vehicle and then in a later encounter with the pair. Police say he hit his male roommate in the face then pushed the woman to the ground.

The restraining order request identifies Ross as the roommate and his girlfriend as the other victim. Price, a 6-foot-10 junior, sat out last season after transferring from Louisville, where he was a member of the Cardinals’ 2013 NCAA championship team. No charges have been filed in the case.

Ross, a senior, is asking the court to keep Price at least 100 feet away and to not communicate with him. The petition claims Price “performed illegal traffic violations in order to harm me and my vehicle” and that he “followed me while I was going to police station. My girlfriend was also in the vehicle.”

Coach Frank Haith suspended Price indefinitely after his arrest. University policy requires athletes charged with a felony to sit out competition until the case is resolved.

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