Originally created 06/17/04

Gonner charged with driving without a license



COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina guard Josh Gonner has been charged with driving without a license after a car crash this past weekend.

According to a police report, Gonner was arrested early Sunday morning after the car he was driving hit a "cement pole." He spent two nights in jail before he was released.

It is the second traffic charge for a Gamecock basketball player this spring.

Forward Carlos Powell was charged June 9 with driving with a suspended license and left of center.

Coach Dave Odom said he was unhappy that two rising seniors he wanted in leadership roles next season were charged.

"The challenge I gave to this group of seniors was to work extremely hard to supply quality leadership ... and to show our incoming freshmen and transfers that we try to do things the right way off the basketball court as well as work hard on the basketball court," Odom told The Greenville News for an article Wednesday.

Odom said there would be no disciplinary action because both were traffic violations. "But they're two traffic violations that clearly could have been avoided," he said.

Information from: The Greenville News, http://www.greenvillenews.com