- The Washington Times - Friday, June 6, 2008

The day after Washington Wizardsforward Andray Blatche was arrested in south-central Virginia for reckless driving and driving on a suspended license for a third time, team president Ernie Grunfeld expressed disappointment over the player’s latest run-in with the law.

Wednesday’s incident came just 10 months after Blatche was arrested in Northwest and charged with sexual solicitation. The charge was dropped after Blatche attended a seminar on solicitation. At the time of that August arrest, Blatche was wanted by the police for failing to appear on a 2006 charge of driving without a license.

“We are obviously disappointed in Andray’s actions and expect him to use better judgment, especially in light of his past incidents,” Grunfeld said in a statement Thursday. “However, we will handle this matter internally and will have no further comment.”

Blatche, drafted 49th overall in 2005 out of South Kent Prep (Conn.), just completed his third season with the Wizards. Three months after his selection, Blatche was shot in the chest and arm in an attempted car-jacking in Alexandria.

Blatche appeared in a combined 85 games his first two seasons in the NBA and turned in a career year this season. He played in all 82 games and averaged 7.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks while splitting time between backup center and forward. He started 14 games at forward and averaged 11.4 points and 7.7 rebounds. In his lone start at center, Blatche scored 12 points and pulled down 13 rebounds.

- Mike Jones

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