Last year this hypothesis also got support from an anatomical study of weedy rice in the USA, by Thurber, Kepler and Caicedo in BMC Plant Biology which shows that the abscission layer which leads to shattering is clearly distinct from non-shattering domesticated rice but also differs from shattering wild rices in terms of its timing in development: it breaks down sooner leading to earlier shattering than in wild rice. This presumably is an useful adapation for beating the farmer to it and getting into the seedbank before the rice harvest. Thurber et al conclude that this points to unidentified regulatory genes that allowed weedy rice, derived from the crop, to reacquire wild-type shattering. (Whether one might be able to tell weedy from wild rice on the physical remains of spikelet bases is another matter, but surely worthy of investigation by an archaeobotanist!). What is more, genetic characterization (Thurber et al 2010 Molecular Ecology) found that these weedy rices all possessed the sh4 mutation that characterizes domesticated non-shattering rices! This points unambiguously to the acquisition of a different novel mutation that allows shattering. A few years ago Londo & Schaal (in Molecular Ecology) did some haplotyping of American weedy rices and found mutliple origins, with haplotypes from japonica, indica and aus rices (as well as some hybridization).
So rice has a proclivity to weediness, as with many other crops, and the wild progenitor per se may be less to blame. Contrast this with crops that have been domesticated from weeds (oat, rye, kodo millet) and we can begin to think about alternative pathways to and from being a weed.