Wednesday, June 28, 2000

Grove is indicted on felony charge

UC policy calls for suspension

By Dan Horn
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        University of Cincinnati basketball player B.J. Grove was indicted Tuesday on a felony charge of domestic violence involving his pregnant girlfriend.

        If convicted, Grove, a 19-year-old sophomore, faces up to one year in jail.

        Grove has been suspended indefinitely from the team under a new UC policy for athletes charged with violent crimes.

        Grove's attorney, Ted Froncek, called the allegations unfair and inaccurate.

        “It just didn't happen that way,” Froncek said. “He's a really nice kid.”

        Prosecutors say Grove got into an argument with Christine Kenley, 19, on June 8 when he went to her home on Stillwell Road in Cincinnati.

        They say the argument became violent when Grove slapped her face, pulled her hair and threw her into a bathtub.

        Grove, who is 6-foot-11 and weighs 275 pounds, is accused of throwing bottles at Kenley after she fell into the bathtub. Prosecutors say he also destroyed furniture and stereo equipment.

        Kenley is nine months pregnant.

        Froncek said Grove was attempting to move out of the home he shared with Kenley when an argument broke out and she attacked him.

        In his first year at UC, Grove saw limited action as a backup center, averaging 1.9 points and 1.7 rebounds in 16 games. But with the losses of four senior frontcourt players (Kenyon Martin, Pete Mickeal, Ryan Fletcher and Jermaine Tate), Grove figured to play a bigger role next season. Under UC's new policy, next season will be in jeopardy for him until the case is resolved.

        According to the policy, a UC athlete charged with a violent crime will be suspended from all team activities until the matter is cleared up.

        Any athlete who pleads guilty or is convicted of such a charge is dismissed from the program.


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