WALTHAM, Mass. -- Boston Celtics rookie Orien Greene was suspended
indefinitely Wednesday by the team after he was arrested and
charged with driving his sport utility vehicle at more than 90 mph
on a city street.
Boston coach Doc Rivers said Greene had been sent home from New
York, where the Celtics played the Knicks on Wednesday night, and
that he was suspended for "conduct detrimental to the team,"
likely for just one game.
"I want these guys to be great players, I really do, but I also
want them to be professional," Rivers said before the game. "I
don't know if that comes into my job title or not, but I believe it
does. So when that stuff happens, you have to take an action that
you don't really want to take."
Greene had practiced Tuesday after being arraigned Monday.
Greene's SUV was spotted early Monday by an officer who said
Greene slowed and accelerated several times, "which the officer
believed was evasive movements," Detective Sgt. Tim King said. The
police report did not indicate tests for alcohol or other
substances, King said.
Charges of failing to stop for a police officer and operating
recklessly were dismissed upon payment of $100 fines for each.
Charges including speeding and marked lane violation, for which
Greene was deemed responsible, were placed on file with the court,
and the case closed.
"I know Orien to be a wonderful kid," said Keith Kreiter,
Greene's representative. "And even though he made a mistake here,
I know this isn't going to be a pattern."