Wallace's Girlfriend To Drop Charges

Posted: June 05, 1997

John Wallace's girlfriend said she wants to withdraw a harassment charge alleging the New York Knicks rookie punched her in the face and choked her during a quarrel over their son.

Wallace, 23, the former Syracuse star, was to have been arraigned yesterday in Greece, N.Y., for harassment, a violation which carries a maximum penalty of 15 days in jail.

Instead, the case was adjourned for two weeks after Michelle Bolger, 21, asked to drop the charge, said Wallace's attorney, David Murante.

Wallace and Bolger first dated in high school, continued seeing each other through his college career, and have two young sons.

In a telephone interview, Bolger said she met with Murante last week and asked to drop the charge. She declined further comment.

If the prosecutor agrees, the charge will be formally withdrawn at a hearing on June 18.

In other Knicks news, John Starks had surgery to repair ligaments of a partially dislocated joint on his left middle finger. Starks' left hand will be in a cast for approximately six weeks.

CELTICS: MINOR'S PROBLEM Boston guard Greg Minor, who last summer agreed to enter a counseling program for batterers to avoid trial on an assault charge, has been absent from many of the program's meetings, the Boston Globe reported.

It could not be determined if his repeated absences would jeopardize the completion of the program.

MEXICO: TO HOST GAME The Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets will play in the first NBA regular-season game to be held in Mexico next season, the league announced. The game, which will be considered a Dallas home game, will be held in Mexico City's Palacio de Deportes Dec. 6, 1997.

Japan, in 1990, is the only country outside the United States and Canada to host a regular-season game.

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