Former NC State basketball star came from Ghana to resolve felony DWI case, lawyer says

Anthony Grundy
Anthony Grundy CCBI

The attorney for Anthony Grundy, the former N.C. State University basketball star who was jailed this month for failing to appear in court six years ago, said his client has been living in West Africa and flew back to the United States to resolve the issue.

“When he got in New York, he found out they had placed a hold on him,” Raleigh attorney E. Lee Turner said.

Grundy, 38, was scheduled to appear in court Friday morning, but his case has been continued until Tuesday, Turner said.

Grundy has been charged with failing to appear in court on felony charges of habitual impaired driving, five misdemeanor counts of failing to appear in court and two misdemeanor counts of misdemeanor probation violation, a spokesman with the Wake County jail reported.

Records filed with the City-County Bureau of Identification list Grundy’s address as West Muhammad Ali Boulevard in Louisville, Ky. But Turner said the former all-ACC player has been staying in Ghana, West Africa.

Turner did not say how long Grundy had been living in Ghana, but his Twitter page shows him in the West African country since January. Video footage shows Grundy planning new agriculture development on an expanse of farmland and livestock in Ghana.

“We’re doing research,” he said while recording a video at the site in late summer. “We’re trying to build a foundation.”

The activities and commentary on his Twitter page show someone who may be trying to change. On Aug. 6, he retweeted a quote from N.C. Central University basketball coach LeVelle Moton: “People wanna bring up the ‘Old You,’ because they’re still the ‘Old Them.’ 

NC State’s Anthony Grundy, right, and Ilian Evtimov, left, cheer on their team from the bench in the second half of an NCAA Tournament matchup in 2002. N&O file photo

Turner said Grundy arrived in New York to confront the unresolved charges hanging over his future like Damocles’ sword.

If Grundy is convicted of being a habitual impaired driver, North Carolina statutes stipulate that he must serve at least 12 months in prison. That sentence cannot be suspended.

Grundy was arrested at the Kew Gardens Courthouse in Queens, N.Y. He arrived at the Wake County jail from New York on Oct. 6. He is being held in lieu of a $1,135,000 bail, the jail spokesman said.

Grundy was charged with being a habitual impaired driver on Feb. 2, 2011, during a traffic stop. He had three prior DWI convictions and a pending charge in Wake County at the time of that traffic stop.

Grundy was scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 24, 2011, for the habitual impaired driving charge. A warrant for his arrest was issued the following day.

Grundy signed a 10-day contract with the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks and played 12 games during the 2005-06 season. Grundy traveled overseas in 2007 and played the next six years for teams in Italy, Greece, the Philippines, Turkey and Iran.

Grundy remained in custody Friday at the Wake County jail, a spokesman reported.

Thomasi McDonald: 919-829-4533, @thomcdonald