June 20, 2003
(Baton Rouge, Louisiana-AP) -- A judge in Louisiana has thrown out an aggravated assault charge against former University of Georgia basketball player Tony Cole.
A State District judge in Baton Rouge took the action yesterday after Cole's former girlfriend -- Keshia Greely -- failed to show up for trial for the second time in two months. Cole was accused of threatening to shoot up his girlfriend's house with an Uzi machine gun.
Cole played basketball for Glen Oaks High School in Baton Rouge. He says he is ready to get on with his life, which could soon include a stint with the Continental Basketball Association.
Before leaving Georgia last year, Cole accused assistant coach Jim Harrick Junior -- son of head coach Jim Harrick -- of helping him financially and with his studies, both during recruiting and after he became a member of the basketball team.
Jim Harrick Junior was fired, and the elder Harrick retired shortly after being suspended with pay. An investigation into the allegations resulted in the school withdrawing its basketball team from the NCAA tournament.
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