Bryant University head men’s basketball coach Jared Grasso has pleaded not guilty today in a Smithfield, RI court where he faced charges stemming from a hit-and-run back on October 1st. Grasso has been cited with “Failure to Stop for Accident Resulting in Damage to Vehicle,” which is a misdemeanor charge. He appeared before Judge Alan Goulart in Kent Courtroom 2E, and was released on $1,000 personal recognizance.
Following the alleged hit-and-run, Grasso was questioned the next day by North Smithfield, RI police. According to the police report, he was “erratic” and he was “not cooperative” after being told that he was being charged. The entire 30 minute body cam video of the encounter, which occured in Grasso’s driveway, can be seen HERE.
According to WJAR-10, “outside of court, Grasso would not comment on his status with the university or the implication that his plead meant the authorities charged the wrong vehicle.”
The Bulldogs 5th-year head coach is currently on leave from his duties at Bryant for a separate undisclosed reason. His team is currently being coached by acting HC Phil Martelli, Jr., and will open their regular season next Monday night (11/6) at home vs. Manhattan.
More on this story as it develops.