West Virginia basketball's Wesley Harris got into some trouble during the season for an on-court incident. Now, he finds himself in legal jeopardy off of it.
Harris, a rising junior at WVU, got into an alleged altercation with a man in Morgantown. The two were driving on a road, with the accuser going to wrong way due to a closure.
Eventually, both men got out of their cars and began to argue. The accuser says that Harris threw him into his car, denting it, and then broke his nose.
From the Charleston Gazette-Mail:
According to the complaint, the victim had driven the wrong way up Jones Avenue in Morgantown due to a temporary road closure on Stewart Street. Another man, later identified as Harris, in a black Chevrolet Avalanche with Mississippi plates, was on Jones Avenue at the same time, stopped and started arguing with the victim. Both Harris and the victim left their vehicles and the victim said Harris threw him against the victim's vehicle, causing a large dent and scratch.
The victim then claimed Harris pushed him to the ground and punched him in the face several times, breaking the victim's nose.
According to the report, Harris was identified by the accuser, his fiancee, and a bystander, who happens to work for West Virginia athletics.
Wesley Harris has been charged with misdemeanor battery, “unlawfully and intentionally” causing harm, and misdemeanor destruction of property.
The 6-foot-8 forward started every game for the Mountaineers last season, on their run to the Sweet 16. He played over 20 minutes per night, averaging over five points and three rebounds per game.
In January, Harris was reprimanded by the Big 12, after he appeared to swing on Texas Tech fans during a court rush, after the Raiders beat the Mountaineers in Lubbock.
According to NBC Sports, West Virginia says it is aware of the situation, and that it will handle it internally. We'll have more on the situation as it comes out.