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Friday, September 21, 2012

LIU suspends Boyd, Olasawere after alleged assault

The following report comes from the New York Daily News. The Blackbirds have been the top program in the NEC for the past few seasons and look to be the overwelming choice to win the title again this year. Boyd and Olasawere could be the best two players in the conference.

Julian Boyd
Long Island University Brooklyn has suspended the four members of its men’s basketball team for their involvement in a Sept. 14 fight on campus, LIU Brooklyn Director of Athletics John Suarez said in a statement.

“No other student-athletes were implicated in this incident,” Mr. Suarez said. “Until all legal and appeals processes have been completed, we will not comment further on this matter.”

Four members of the Long Island University Brooklyn men’s basketball team were arrested last night and charged with assault in the third degree, the New York Post reported. Seniors Julian Boyd, the Blackbirds leading scorer and rebounder in 2012, Jamal Olasewere, the team’s second leading scorer, C. J. Garner, third in team scoring, and reserve Troy Joseph were all picked up on the university’s Downtown Brooklyn campus after they were accused of assaulting three men and two women on the university track team during a fight at a campus dorm on Sept. 15 Sept. 14.

The arrests come at a time when the LIU basketball program, which has qualified for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament the past two seasons, hopes to win its third Northeast Conference championship in a row. Not only will the Blackbirds play three dates at the new Barclays Center, in November the team is scheduled to travel to Lexington, Kentucky to tip-off against the national champion Wildcats.

Student-athletes on the campus have already come to the players’ aid, according to the Blackbirds Hoops Journal, garnering more than 300 student signatures on a petition supporting the four arrested athletes.

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