Thursday, September 2, 2004

Stanley heads home after
brush with Greek justice

ATHENS, Greece >> Former University of Hawaii volleyball player Clay Stanley was given a 15-month suspended sentence yesterday for assaulting an officer and resisting arrest.

The U.S. Olympic volleyball player, a 1996 Kaiser High graduate, said he was drunk at the time and apologized for the early Monday morning scuffle at a nightclub following the closing ceremony of the Olympics.

"The good news is we're coming home, and we're delighted Clay will be with us," said USA volleyball coach Doug Beal. "I can't say anything about what happened because I'm not sure if the Olympic Committee wants to release it or have it come through us (USA volleyball)."

Stanley, who lives in Greece, where he plays for a local team, also was charged with assaulting a pregnant woman during the scuffle, but those charges were dropped.

The U.S. team completed competition Sunday, losing the bronze medal match to Russia.

Stanley, 26, had 10 kills and two aces in the loss and finished Olympic play seventh in points with 110 and second in aces with 17.

He played three seasons for UH between 1997 and 2000.

Stanley's father, Jon, played on the U.S. volleyball team in the 1968 Olympics.

The Stanleys were the first father and son to compete in Olympic volleyball.

"The best news is we're coming home, and we'll be able to give more details in a day or two," Beal said.

Star-Bulletin reporter Cindy Luis and the Associated Press contributed to this report.



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