The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) has suspended players and imposed fines following an investigation into an altercation during the LeMoyne-Owen/Lane College men's basketball game, January 14 at Bruce Hall Gymnasium in Memphis, Tenn.
The two schools are 83 miles apart and play in the SIAC's West Division.
A total of 15 players from both teams will serve suspensions ranging from two to five games each – five games each for three student-athletes who left the bench and were actively involved in the altercation, three games each for two student-athletes directly involved in the incident, and a minimum two game suspension for 10 student-athletes who left the bench.
The schools involved will be able to stagger the suspensions through the remainder of the season once a schedule is approved by the conference office. Any suspension which cannot be completed by the end of the regular season will be served during the SIAC Basketball Tournament.
In addition, the SIAC will impose institutional fines against Lemoyne-Owen College and Lane College and individual fines against the respective head coaches of both schools. The amount was undisclosed.
“The interests of student-athlete and spectator safety and good sportsmanship during intercollegiate athletic events are sacrosanct and represent a core article of faith for our league.” said SIAC Commissioner Gregory Moore. “The incident which unfolded Saturday evening not only was in direct contravention of these critically important interests, but in a larger and very real sense, these isolated incidents scar and victimize league stakeholders throughout the SIAC who work extremely hard to ensure that athletic events across all of our campuses remain safe places and spaces for all of our student-athletes and loyal fans.
The SIAC also announced it will impose a lifetime ban from attendance at any conference competition, regardless of sport, for any spectators who have been identified by the Memphis Police Department as active participants in the incident.
The league will designate the game between LeMoyne-Owen and Lane on Jan. 14 as a "no contest".
The two teams are scheduled to meet again on February 11 in Jackson, Tenn.
~ SIAC Media Relations
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