4 UConn Players Suspended for Violating Team Rules: Latest Details and Reaction

The UConn basketball program suspended four players for a “violation of team rules” against West Virginia on Sunday, per Dom Amore of the Hartford Courant:

Freshman Rakim Lubin, junior Omar Calhoun, and walk-ons Dan Guest and Marcel Lewis were suspended, and were not at the arena with the team, but coach Kevin Ollie would not say what the violation was, or whether or not the players were sent back home.

‘I have no comment on it,’ Ollie said, after the Huskies’ 78-68 loss in the championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip-off. ‘We have to do what we have to do. They violated team rules, and we’ll assess the situation when we get back to Connecticut.’

Per Amore, the only player that likely would have played against West Virginia in the first place was Lubin, since Calhoun is injured and Guest and Lewis have yet to appear for the team.   

Lubin is only averaging five minutes per game, however, and has yet to score on the season while averaging 1.8 rebounds per game.

For the moment, these suspensions are undoubtedly a distraction but seem unlikely to affect the Huskies on the court. For a 3-1 UConn team looking to defend its surprising national championship from a year ago, however, distractions won’t be welcomed. 

 

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Hornets Jeffrey Taylor suspended 24 games

Taylor was involved in a domestic batter incident in Michigan

      
 

 

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Suns forward P.J. Tucker suspended by team (Yahoo Sports)

BOSTON (AP) — Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker has been suspended for violating team rules.

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Suspended Indiana players take to social media

Indiana sophomores Troy Williams and Stanford Robinson both spoke out via Instagram.

      
 

 

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Pittsburgh’s Durant Johnson suspended for year

Pittsburgh suspends junior forward Durand Johnson for 2014-15; no reason given by coach Dixon

      
 

 

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Durand Johnson Suspended for 2014-15 Season: Latest Details and Reaction

Prior to the team’s season-opening game on Friday against Niagara, the Pittsburgh Panthers have announced that junior forward Durand Johnson is suspended for the entire year. 

Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported the news of Johnson’s suspension on Twitter:

According to Bob Pompeani of KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, no reason was given by the school for Johnson’s suspension:

If there is a silver lining to Johnson being suspended, it’s that the Panthers have gotten accustomed to playing without the 6’6″ star. He missed the team’s final 20 games last year after tearing the ACL in his right knee against Wake Forest.  

That’s about the only positive for Pitt, as the team is losing one of its most prolific scorers. Johnson averaged 8.8 points per game last year and reached double figures in half of his games played, per ACC Sports:

The Panthers are starting the 2014-15 season unranked and without their top two scorers from last season (Lamar Patterson and Talib Zanna). Johnson was expected to take on a more prominent role in the offense to make up for those losses, but head coach Jamie Dixon will have to find other alternatives. 

 

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Pittsburgh forward Johnson suspended for season (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2014, file photo, Pittsburgh's NCAA college basketball head coach Jamie Dixon takes questions during the school's annual media day in Pittsburgh. Dixon believes Pitt will score points. His biggest concern is whether the Panthers will stop anybody as they prepare for their second season in the ACC. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh junior forward Durand Johnson has been suspended for the entire 2014-15 season, with no reason given.


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Lakers’ Ronnie Price suspended 1 game for hit (Yahoo Sports)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lakers guard Ronnie Price has been suspended for one game without pay for a flagrant foul against New Orleans’ Austin Rivers.

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Ronnie Price Suspended for Flagrant Foul on Austin Rivers

The NBA has suspended Los Angeles Lakers guard Ronnie Price for one game following his flagrant foul on Austin Rivers in a 109-102 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night.     

Sports Illustrated‘s Chris Mannix reported the news Thursday:

In the fourth quarter, Price was guarding Rivers, who penetrated to the basket. As Rivers attempted a shot, Price hit him in the head with a forearm. Referees whistled Price for a flagrant foul and ejected him from the game.

You can view the offending play below.

Pro Basketball Talk’s Kurt Helin felt the NBA made the right decision:

Doc Rivers, Austin’s father, however, wasn’t sure if the foul warranted any sort of suspension, per Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times:

Through eight games this year, Price is averaging 4.3 points, 1.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 21 minutes a night.

He’s set to miss Friday night’s game against the San Antonio Spurs.

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UConn guard Rodney Purvis suspended for opener (Yahoo Sports)

Connecticut’s Rodney Purvis watches play during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, in Hartford, Conn. Connecticut won 68-59. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn guard Rodney Purvis has been suspended for the Huskies’ season opener on Friday against Bryant University because of a violation of an NCAA rule governing participation in summer leagues.


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