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Former Heat star Glen Rice arrested on battery charges

By Sofia Santana | Sun-Sentinel.com

9:11 PM EST, January 11, 2008


Former Miami Heat star Glen Rice was charged Friday with felony battery after Miami-Dade police said he beat a man he found hiding in his estranged wife's bedroom closet.


Rice, 40, of Coral Gables, turned himself in to authorities soon after the incident and quickly bonded out of the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, police said. It was not known if he had hired an attorney.


Rice went to Christina Rice's home near Coral Gables Friday afternoon, demanding to know the identity of the man she was with and asking why the man was in her house, according to a police report. Glen Rice then quickly found Alberto Perez, 37, hiding in the closet, police said.


Perez called 911 about 1:30 p.m. after Glen Rice hit him several times on the head and Perez was able to run out of the house, police said. Perez's facial injuries, mainly a laceration on his forehead, required nine stitches, according to the report.


Glen Rice, who could not be reached for comment Friday, played for the Heat from 1989 to 1995. He recently was voted by Heat fans as one of 25 selections to the franchise's 20th-anniversary team and stands third in the Heat record book in games played and second in minutes played.


The 6-foot-8 forward, who was known for his 3-point shooting, was passed last season by Alonzo Mourning for the franchise's all-time scoring lead. He still holds the franchise record for points in a game, when he scored 56 on April 15, 1995, against Orlando.


A frequent presence at Heat games, Rice is scheduled to appear at a 20-year reunion with the team next week at American Airlines Arena.


The three-time All-Star was traded to the Charlotte Hornets in 1995 and later played for the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Clippers. He retired in 2004.


Staff Writer Ira Winderman contributed to this report.

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