Two USC Trojan Basketball players have been suspended indefinitely pending a school investigation according to the LA Times. Dewayne Dedmon and James Blasczyk are the two players suspended after their alleged roles in a brawl outside a bar following the Trojans second loss of the weekend in Pullman, Washington.
The incident happened in Spokane, Washington in the early morning. Bob Cantu said today in a statement that
James Blasczyk and Dewayne Dedmon have been suspended indefinitely from all team activities because of a violation of a team rule.
Cantu went on to say that their suspension for breaking a rule, and the reported brawl with Dedmon and Blaczyk’s involvement are unrelated.
Separately, we are aware of the Spokane investigation into an alleged incident involving those players and we are cooperating with the authorities to determine the facts.
That these two facts are unrelated is a safe stance to take for the coach. It does not throw the players under the buss. It does not assume guilt in what could have legal ramifications. Nor does it jeopardize their involvement in the team’s conference tournament play. But it is dead wrong.
Blascyzk and Dedmon were not suspended for showing up late to a meeting, or missing study hall. The team rule was more likely: don’t be the involvement of an investigation, following your second loss in a weekend to fall back to .500 in on conference play.
Dedmon and Blasczyk’s status are uncertain for the Pac 12 conference tournament which begins Wednesday.