Robert Morris University suspended four basketball players, including standout forward Jeremiah Worthem, for a year, the school confirmed this morning.
The university last week said that Mr. Worthem and fellow Colonials Britton Lee, Evan Grey and Shaire Tolson-Ford were suspended from the team but had not specified for how long or clarified their status as students. The university did not specify precisely what the players did to warrant the suspensions.
The transgressions “carries a mandatory one-year suspension from Robert Morris,” school spokesman Jonathan Potts told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
“No criminal charges will be filed in this matter," Mr. Potts said today. "Out of respect for these young men's privacy, we will not be disclosing further details. As RMU athletic director Craig Coleman stated last week, we trust that these young men have learned from their mistake and will become better individuals as a result.”
As recently as Jan. 23, the four players had worked out as team members. The suspensions were handed down before Thursday’s win against Sacred Heart University.
The loss of Mr. Worthem is particularly significant. The 6-foot-6 freshman and starting forward from Philadelphia had averaged 8.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game, according to the university.
He was the Northeast Conference rookie of the week.
Mr. Potts did not specify whether campus disciplinary proceedings were pending or had been completed.
The suspensions and absences of two other players who are deciding whether to return to the team effectively reduced its squad to eight members.
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