Charge dropped against Grasso; Remains on leave at Bryant

According to a report from WPRI-12, Bryant University head basketball coach Jared Grasso is “no longer facing a criminal charge connected to an incident last month. Prosecutors on Tuesday dismissed a misdemeanor count of failing to stop in an accident resulting in damage to a vehicle, according to court records.”

“We’re very pleased that the matter has been dismissed, and greatly appreciate the consideration given to the matter by the [North Smithfield] Police and solicitor,” Grasso’s attorney Craig Montecalvo told 12 News.

Grasso had plead not guilty earlier late last month in a Smithfield, RI court where he faced charges stemming from an alleged hit-and-run back on October 1st. Grasso had been cited with “Failure to Stop for Accident Resulting in Damage to Vehicle,” which was a misdemeanor charge. He was released on $1,000 personal recognizance after his initial appearance.

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.

The Bulldogs 5th-year head coach remains on leave by the university on an unrelated matter.

Bryant is currently 0-1, after dropping their season opener to Manhattan 61-59 on Monday. The team is currently being led by acting head coach Phil Martelli, Jr.

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