University of Missouri

Earnest Ross sought protection order against former MU basketball teammate Zach Price

Former Missouri guard Earnest Ross filed for an order of protection against junior forward Zach Price on April 2, one day before Price, a junior forward, was arrested twice on suspicion of domestic assault and assault.

Ross’ petition for an order of protection stated that Price had been stalking him and “caused or attempted to cause me physical harm” by ramming Ross’ car at Rock Bridge Elementary School in Columbia.

According to Ross’ statement in the petition, Price “hit my car a few times, was following me and trying to steer me off the road.”

Ross also wrote of Price: “He has tried to harm me and my girlfriend in my vehicle, tried to run me off the road several times. I feel threatened by this activity and violated. He endangered my life and not only me but others around me. All I want is to feel safe.”

He also said Price followed him en route to the police station when Ross’ girlfriend also was in the car.

Ross, who indicated that he and Price “were good friends” when asked to define the relationship, asked police to prevent Price from communicating with him in any way, coming within 100 feet of him or entering his dwelling.

Ross indicated that he and Price had never resided together. The petition was filed at 4 p.m. April 2 and notes that the alleged events took place at 2 p.m. the same day.

According to a Columbia Police statement, a 23-year-old identified only as a male roommate of Price and a 23-year-old female alleged that on the afternoon of April 2, Price twice intentionally rammed a car in which they were riding near Bethel Church Road and Route K. That intersection is about a mile south of the elementary school.

In the early morning hours of April 3, Price was arrested on suspicion of third-degree domestic assault and third-degree assault for allegedly punching the same male roommate and shoving to the ground the same woman, who tried to intervene, near Stadium Boulevard. Neither alleged victim was identified in the Columbia Police Department’s probable cause statement.

Price was released the morning of April 3 on $1,500 bond. After police completed the investigation on the alleged April 2 car-ramming incident, Price was arrested and booked again later April 3 in the Boone County Jail on suspicion of second-degree domestic assault and second-degree assault. He was released the second time shortly after 7:30 p.m. on $9,000 bond.

Boone County prosecutors are still determining whether to file charges in both cases. Price has been indefinitely suspended from the MU basketball team since April 3.

Ross averaged 14.0 points and 6.0 rebounds. He led the Tigers with 169 defensive rebounds and 46 steals.

Price, a 6-foot-10 forward who sat out last season after transferring from Louisville, averaged 1.2 points and 1.4 rebounds when the Cardinals won the NCAA championship in 2012-13. He started seven games for Louisville that season.

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