by Jack Rieger
Nevada forward Elijah Foster was arrested Monday morning and charged with domestic battery and contempt of court, according to the Washoe Country Sherriff’s Office.
Foster has been suspended indefinitely from basketball-related activities, head coach Eric Musselman said.
“We’re aware Elijah was arrested this morning,” Musselman said. “I’ve suspended him from all basketball-related activities until this matters resolved. This matter is being taken very seriously by our university, the athletic department and our basketball program.”
Reno police told the Reno Gazette-Journal the contempt of court charge is the result of an unpaid speeding ticket in Esmeralda County. The first-degree domestic battery charge from Monday morning is a misdemeanor.
Foster, who is a junior this year, was one of the breakout stars this season. He averaged 12 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, shooting a team-high 61.5 percent from the field. Foster was a big-time contributor to Nevada’s interior defense and added a reliable jump shot and good rebounding. Nevada, who already utilizes a small number of players, will need someone else to step up in Foster’s place.
“We’ve already had a short rotation, so obviously somebody has to step up,” Musselman said. “We’re still trying to determine who will start. We feel like we have a couple different options but obviously, from a starting standpoint, somebody’s role is going to change dramatically.”
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