Fan favorite NC State walk-on charged with drinking and driving

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer
Staats Battle. (WRAL.com)

NC State sophomore walk-on Staats Battle has been charged with drinking and driving on New Year's Eve. Raleigh (N.C.) police told WRAL on Thursday that Battle was charged with "driving while impaired," so, a DWI, rather than a DUI. (Here is the difference in the two charges, which vary by state.)

We don't know any more details, but the Wolfpack program -- which won 83-70 at home over Georgia Tech Wednesday night and is 13-2 on the season -- has drawn a line for this behavior and has said it won't tolerate a repeat offense of anything having to do with the law.

NC State Mark Gottfried after the Georgia Tech game:

"We are aware of this unfortunate incident and have talked to Staats and his parents about it," he said. "Any further issue would result in his dismissal from the team."

The 19-year-old guard has not been in uniform since the incident. He did play in the team's Dec. 31 89-68 home win over UNC Greensboro. The 6-foot-6 Battle averages 0.7 points and 0.4 rebounds and has seen action in seven of the Wolfpack's games this season. He is a huge fan favorite, given his name and his game, and he won an online contest last year for the best name in college basketball.

The 20th-ranked Wolfpack host No. 1 Duke on Saturday.

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