Stanley lives, plays in Greece

Updated: September 1, 2004, 12:05 PM ET
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ATHENS, Greece -- A U.S. Olympic volleyball player was charged with assault Monday, accused of hitting a pregnant woman during a scuffle.

Police identified him as Clayton Stanley, who lives in Greece and plays for a team there. He played three seasons at the University of Hawaii.

Stanley was taken before a judge, and requested and received two days to prepare his defense. He was ordered held pending the trial, which is scheduled for Wednesday.

Stanley was at a nightclub with teammates after the closing ceremonies and has little or no recollection of the incident that led to his arrest, said relatives in Honolulu -- including his father and stepfather -- who have been in contact with Stanley's girlfriend in Athens.

U.S. coach Doug Beal, who is with Stanley in Greece, said the player was "depressed."

"It's hard to piece together what happened," Beal told the Honolulu Star-Bulletin by telephone from Athens. "I'm disappointed for Clay, embarrassed for him, USA Volleyball, the U.S. Olympic Committee and for me, personally.

"We will get Clay all the help that we possibly can. We will do everything possible to help him get through this. The charges are serious, the potential sentence is serious and Clay is well aware of how serious this is."

The U.S. team completed competition Sunday, losing the bronze medal match to Russia.

Stanley had 10 kills and two aces in the loss and finished Olympic play seventh in points with 110 and second in aces with 17.

Stanley's father, Jon, played on the U.S. volleyball team in the 1968 Olympics. The Stanleys were the first father and son to compete in Olympic volleyball.

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