Huery had returned to school to get degree

Updated: July 18, 2005, 12:47 PM ET
Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Former Razorback basketball standout Ron Huery, who returned to the University of Arkansas to get the degree he left without, is in the Washington County Jail on a rape charge, authorities say.

Huery, 38, of Fayetteville, was arrested Friday on charges of rape, first-degree false imprisonment and third-degree domestic battery, plus a misdemeanor charge of obstructing governmental operations, police records show.

A police report said Huery forced an ex-girlfriend into his vehicle, drove her to his apartment, hit her and then raped her. He then reportedly threatened the woman before releasing her, the report said.

Huery's former coach, Nolan Richardson, said he heard about the arrest Sunday.

"I'm really sorry," Richardson said before a golf tournament in Maumelle on Monday. "I don't know what happened. I've heard conflicting stories that it's something that goes on between Ron and his girl all the time."

Huery was taken to the Washington County Jail after his arrest. A jailer said Huery was still behind bars Sunday night, in lieu of $25,000 bond.

It's not the first time Huery has been arrested. In 1994, he was put on probation for eight years after a cocaine conviction in his hometown of Memphis, Tenn., where he was also charged with drunken driving and driving on a revoked license.

In 2002, Huery sold his ring from the Final Four of the NCAA Championship for $1,500 to help pay off fines and interest on the 1991 traffic charges.

Huery enrolled at Arkansas in 1986 and played through the 1990-91 season. His numbers place him in the top 10 in five categories at Arkansas, including fourth in assists. He ranks 12th on the school's career scoring list.

He returned to Fayetteville in 2003 to work on completing his degree at the University of Arkansas. He graduated in May with a bachelor's degree in education, nearly 19 years after he first enrolled.


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