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Stanley lives, plays in Greece

9/1/2004

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.