Dominique Reid

Niagara forward no longer on the team amid legal issues

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Niagara forward Dominique Reid is no longer with the basketball program, according to a release from the school. The MAAC all-rookie team selection is dealing with some legal issues over the last year.

“Dominique Reid will not be attending Niagara University during the 2015-16 academic year,” Niagara Athletics Director Simon Gray said in the release. “Consistent with our commitment to student privacy obligations, the university will have no further comment on the matter.”

The 6-foot-8 redshirt freshman had a breakout 2014-15 season for the Purple Eagles, averaging 9.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. But he also found some trouble away from the floor. In April, Reid was charged with second-degree identity theft and fourth-degree grand larceny, both charges being felonies. Last October, Reid was also arrested and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

The issues Reid is facing are still unresolved in some cases, with the four-degree grand larceny charge still in court.

Niagara forward sidelined indefinitely due to legal issues

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The 2014-15 season was a productive one for Niagara forward Dominique Reid, who averaged 9.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per contest and earned MAAC All-Freshman Team honors. However things did not go as smoothly for the 6-foot-8 forward off the court, and the most recent of his legal issues has led to Reid no longer participating in team activities.

According to the Buffalo News, Reid has been charged with three felonies related to multiple legal issues during this past school year. In mid-April Reid was arrested on charges of second-degree identity theft and fourth-degree grand larceny, with both of those charges being felonies.

Reid made fraudulent use of banking information to pay personal bills, according to Sheriff’s Department officers. The exact amount of the transactions was not released but the total was for more than $1,000.

That case came on the heels of a mid-December arrest by the Sheriff’s Department on a felony charge of fourth-degree grand larceny. It came as a result of a fraud complaint by First Niagara Bank, according to Undersheriff Michael J. Filicetti. Reid had filed fraud complaints of his own on his account and had been reimbursed by the bank for more than $1,000. The bank determined that Reid’s complaints proved to be false, upon further investigation.

Add to this the fact that Reid was arrested last October on a charge of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and it’s clear that he’s had some problems away from the court. The question now is whether or not these recent charges will lead to the end of his time at Niagara.