The last thing any college basketball team wants is to lose their best player, let alone lose him for reasons other than graduation or to the NBA. In this specific case, the University of Alabama – Birmingham (UAB) granted their best player, Chad Frazier, his unconditional release from the program. In his first season as a Blazer, Frazier was a consensus All-Conference USA first team selection as well as newcomer of the year.
Still, Frazier was unable to keep his name out of the headlines and for all the wrong reasons as just under two months ago he was charged with third-degree domestic violence following an April incident. Police spokesperson Sean Edwards told the Birmingham News that the charges stemmed from an altercation between Frazier and an unnamed victim. Frazier allegedly threw his laptop into the room of the victim and eventually pushed her into a bookshelf before attempting to pin her down to the ground.
The next step in Frazier’s basketball career remains uncertain, but college programs with reputations to maintain take a hard line where domestic abuse is concerned, and his career is unfortunately tainted by a shameful mishap.