Johnson Kicked Off UWM Hoops Team after Arrest
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Torre Johnson was dismissed from Wisconsin-Milwaukee's basketball team on Tuesday after being arrested early Saturday morning.
Milwaukee coach Rob Jeter also said that sophomore guard Roman Gentry quit the team for personal reasons.
Johnson, a transfer from Oklahoma State, had been suspended in the immediate aftermath of his arrest on suspicion of battery. The 22-year-old Johnson allegedly hit a woman in the mouth and she needed 10 stitches, police said.
"I have had the chance to speak to Torre and express to him my extreme disappointment in his behavior," Jeter said in a statement. "The conversation also gave me the chance to tell him this was not something we could accept and that he would no longer be a part of our basketball team."
Johnson had been the lone bright spot for the Panthers (3-7) this season, starting all 10 games and leading Milwaukee with 17.8 points and eight rebounds per game.
Jeter said Gentry wanted to return closer to home in Iowa.
"He has a daughter at home, he has bigger responsibilities than this team and I can understand that," Jeter said. "I don't agree with his leaving us in the middle of the season, but that is his decision. We certainly wish him the best and hope he can be successful in the future."
Gentry, averaging 5.1 points per game, started the first four games this season, but played in limited minutes off the bench recently.
Just before the season began, Jeter tossed leading scorer Avery Smith off the team for an unspecified violation of team rules. Smith had been named to the Horizon League's preseason all-conference team.
The Panthers' next game is at home Wednesday night against Central Michigan.
Johnson, charged Monday with substantial battery, was released on $1,000 signature bond and has a preliminary hearing scheduled Dec. 27 in Milwaukee County Circuit Court.
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