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UNLV basketball: Dwayne Morgan arrested, suspended from program

Morgan allegedly got into a scuffle with a taxi driver.

NCAA Basketball: San Diego State at UNLV Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

UNLV junior forward Dwayne Morgan was suspended indefinitely from the basketball program on Wednesday following his arrest after a “verbal tirade” against a cab driver early Saturday morning.

According the Metro Police arrest report, the incident took place around 6:40 a.m. after the cab driver pulled into the Metro’s Convention Center Area Command to let Morgan out of his vehicle because he didn’t want to drive him any longer and was willing to let his cab fare go.

Morgan continued his “verbal tirade” and police described his behavior as being “erratic.”

Metro was willing to let Morgan go until he approached a stranger’s car, tried to get in the front passenger side and then tried to fight him. That’s when police issued the arrest.

Morgan, 21, was booked at the Clark County Detention Center on a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct. His $1,000 bail was posted a few hours later.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Morgan, 21, was charged with disorderly conduct.

“We are aware of the situation regarding UNLV men’s basketball student-athlete Dwayne Morgan,” UNLV athletics department stated, “and are continuing to gather all of the facts. Coach (Marvin) Menzies has met with Dwayne and he has been suspended indefinitely from all basketball activities.”

A former five-star recruit from Baltimore, Morgan averaged 9.4 points and 7.3 rebounds in eight games for the Rebels this past season. The 6-foot 8-inch forward hasn’t played since early December due to shoulder and hip injuries. Morgan has one year of eligibility remaining unless the NCAA grants him a medical redshirt waiver from the 2016-17 season.

With an already frontcourt-heavy signing class for UNLV as well as being one player over the scholarship limit, it’s not yet evident how this incident will jeopardize Morgan’s future with the program.