Forte allegedly punched UNC football player

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. -- An assault charge against former NBA player and North Carolina star Joseph Forte has been dismissed, the Raleigh News & Observer reported Tuesday.

The charge stemmed from an incident during a campus pickup basketball game in May, when Forte allegedly punched a UNC football player.

According to the report, the charge was dismissed by the district attorney's office because Forte and James Gibson, the football player, reached an out-of-court settlement in August. The terms of the agreement are confidential.

Forte, 22, had been charged with one count of misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury after Gibson accused Forte of striking him in the face during the game. According to the report, witnesses told police that Forte punched Gibson without provocation. Gibson suffered a cut above his right eye that required stitches.

Forte left North Carolina in 2001 after his sophomore year and was a first-round pick of the Boston Celtics. He played little for Boston and was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics in 2002 in a multi-player deal. The Sonics waived Forte last month.