Senior forward Kalen Grimes was dismissed from the MU men’s basketball team on Tuesday. The dismissal came after Grimes was charged with second-degree felony assault from an incident earlier this month.
“Based upon the information I have gathered, I have decided to dismiss Kalen from our program,” coach Mike Anderson said in a press release. “This is an unfortunate situation and one that I know he regrets, but it is in the best interest of Kalen and our program to move forward with this decision.”
Grimes is accused of hitting another person in the face with the butt of a shotgun on July 7 in his hometown of Florissant, near St. Louis. According to the police report, Grimes arrived at a Dairy Queen in Florissant at 3 a.m. to find his cousin in an argument. Grimes took a shotgun from his car and hit a man on the head, leaving a cut on the man’s forehead.
Four days later, on July 11, Grimes was charged with second-degree felony assault and was booked into the St. Louis County Jail with his bond set at $15,000.
He made bail of $1,500 and was released. If convicted, Grimes will have to serve up to seven years in prison.
The incident occurred just two days after teammate DeMarre Carroll was shot in the ankle outside Club Tropicana in downtown Columbia.
Carroll, Anderson’s nephew and a transfer from Vanderbilt, was treated and released the same day.
The incident prompted Anderson to institute a zero-tolerance policy.
When news about Grimes surfaced, Anderson took immediate action and suspended Grimes indefinitely from the team.
Now, Grimes has been dismissed.
“Although we have dismissed Kalen from our program, we will continue to help him through this difficult time,” Anderson continued. “Kalen will need support and he’ll have it through his family at home and through his family here at Mizzou.”
Grimes led the Tigers in rebounding last season with an average of 5.6 per game. He also scored 6.9 points per game and started 24 out of 30 games during the season.