Former Utah Jazz center Olden Polynice is in trouble with the law again.
Polynice was charged Tuesday in Holladay Justice Court with one count of assault, a class B misdemeanor, for a July 23 incident at the Old Mill Golf Course, 6080 S. Wasatch Blvd.
According to court documents, Polynice hit another golfer in the face and spit on him.
Polynice, 36, was golfing with three others when he realized he had lost his scorecard, according to a Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office report. Polynice was walking back to the previous hole when he was hit on the arm by another golfer making a chip shot, said sheriff's deputy Peggy Faulkner.
The golfer claimed that's when Polynice hit him.
But Polynice's attorney Gary Gitlin said the accuser's group surrounded Polynice as the accuser "went chest to chest" with him.
"Olden pushed him away," Gitlin said in an interview shortly after the incident.
Holladay Prosecutor Lohra L. Miller, who filed the charge against Polynice, said she did not believe this was a case of someone trying to take advantage of Polynice's status as a professional athlete to get money.
The next court date for Polynice is scheduled for Sept. 11.
Polynice was charged in September and October of 2000 in separate incidents of impersonating a police officer. In each case he accepted a plea bargain, agreeing to pay $1,000 in fines, complete 130 hours of community service and undergo anger management counseling.
In May of this year, two of the plaintiffs involved in one of the officer impersonation incidents filed a $50,000 civil suit against Polynice.
Polynice recently became a free agent after opting out of the final year of his contract with the Jazz, which would have paid him $2.4 million for the coming season.
"He certainly is not under contract and not being paid by us," said Kevin O'Connor, Jazz vice president of basketball operations. "He's not a member of the Utah Jazz right now, so it would be unfair for me to comment on that."
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Deseret News sports writer Tim Buckley contributed to this report.