Four Robert Morris men’s basketball players, including standout forward Jeremiah Worthem, are suspended from the university for a year for alleged involvement in unspecified activities, the school confirmed Wednesday.
Worthem and teammates Britton Lee, Evan Grey and Shaire Tolson-Ford were suspended Friday indefinitely from the team. At the time, it was not specified how long the suspensions would last, nor were their respective statuses as students clarified.
The alleged transgression “carries a mandatory one-year suspension from Robert Morris,” school spokesman Jonathan Potts stated Wednesday in an email to the Post-Gazette.
“No criminal charges will be filed in this matter. Out of respect for these young men’s privacy, we will not be disclosing further details,” Potts wrote. “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.”
Potts did not specify whether campus disciplinary proceedings were pending or had been completed.
Potts stated that the four suspended players may be permitted to re-enroll for the spring 2015 semester.
The loss of Worthem is particularly significant. This 6-foot-6 freshman was averaging 8.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game and was the reigning Northeast Conference rookie of the week at the time of his suspension.
Robert Morris coach Andy Toole did not indicate whether the players would be welcomed back to the team when the university’s suspension ends.
“That’s something we’ll talk about when the suspension runs out,” Toole said.
These four suspensions plus the absences of two other players who are deciding whether to return to the team have effectively reduced the Colonials’ active roster to eight players. Despite those losses, Robert Morris is 6-0 in NEC play for the first time in program history.
Even with that recent success, remaining players reiterated how much the suspensions have hurt the team, from basketball and personal standpoints.
“They’re still our brothers,” forward Lucky Jones said. “We still have a lot of love for them, and hopefully wherever they go, they continue their basketball career and do something special with it.”