Sports People; Smith Suspends Reid
NY TIMES
Published: November 4, 1987
LEAD: Dean Smith, coach of the University of North Carolina basketball team, has suspended two players, J. R. Reid, center, and Steve Bucknall, forward, from its season-opening game against Syracuse after the players' arrests on assault charges.

Dean Smith, coach of the University of North Carolina basketball team, has suspended two players, J. R. Reid, center, and Steve Bucknall, forward, from its season-opening game against Syracuse after the players' arrests on assault charges.

Reid, a sophomore, and Bucknall, a junior, were arrested after a confrontation Oct. 24 at Shooters II, a Raleigh, N.C., nightclub. A hearing is scheduled on Nov. 16 in Wake County District Court.

''Although the players were verbally harassed and pushed in an effort to provoke some kind of response, I am taking disciplinary steps against them for not getting out when the verbal harassment started,'' Smith said in a statement. Syracuse, which lost in the National Collegiate Athletic Association championship game to Indiana last season, and North Carolina will meet Nov. 21 in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic at Springfield, Mass.

Reid, the Atlantic Coast Conference rookie of the year last season, aver-aged 14.7 points and 7.4 rebounds a game. Bucknall saw limited action, averaging 3.7 points.

 

 

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