RENO, Nev. (AP) -Brandon Fields, Nevada's leading returning scorer, has been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing in an alleged shoplifting incident at a sporting goods store, his lawyer said Wednesday.
A school spokesman said that coach Mark Fox indicated Fields was still under suspension
Fields, a 6-foot-5 junior guard, was one of three Wolf Pack players Fox suspended indefinitely following their citations for petty larceny at a store in Sparks on Oct. 15.
Scott Freeman, Fields' lawyer, said the case against his client was dismissed Tuesday.
``The dismissal shows Mr. Fields was not involved in any criminal activity,'' Freeman told The Associated Press. ``They didn't have any evidence against him.''
Freshman guard London Giles pleaded guilty last week and was fined $350 plus court costs of $107. Freshman forward Ahyaro Phillips pleaded not guilty and is awaiting a trial date.
and the players are still suspended.''
Fields averaged 12.4 points last season and was selected to the Western Athletic Conference's all-academic team.
``Now that the criminal case has been resolved favorably, it is up to the athletic department how they want to handle his continued participation in the basketball program,'' said Freeman, who declined to discuss any details of what the players were accused of taking or doing.
Freeman said he had had no discussions with Fox about the case, but ``obviously a dismissal of a criminal case is a significant factor in being reinstated.''
The Reno Gazette-Journal first reported the dismissal on its Web site.
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