Maryland's Diamond Stone suspended for shoving head of Wisconsin player
Diamond Stone was called for a flagrant foul after shoving Vitto Brown's head into the floor during Maryland's game against Wisconsin on Saturday.
Stone and Brown got tangled up going for a loose ball, and the apparent shove came as the Maryland big man was getting up to his feet. The move provoked a response and Stone was penalized with a dead ball technical foul, but remained in the game. Wisconsin forward Charlie Thomas ended up getting a technical foul as well.
Here's a good look at the Diamond Stone-Vitto Brown incident. Should Stone have been ejected from the game? https://t.co/sm38uWy5PZ— Sean Merriman (@BTNSean) February 14, 2016
"Diamond's conduct during Saturday's game was a poor representation of the standards that we have established as a program at the University of Maryland," coach Mark Turgeon said in a statement. "I have talked with Diamond and he realizes he made a mistake. He felt very badly about what happened and will learn from this experience. I want to sincerely apologize to Vitto Brown and [Wisconsin coach] Greg Gard for what transpired Saturday."
Whether Stone should have been ejected was a hot topic of debate -- one of several controversial calls from the last week, so a one-game suspension sounds about right as supplemental punishment for what seems to be a violent act from the freshman. It's worth mentioning, as CBS Sports' Sam Vecenie did in his write-up of the incident on Saturday, that Stone, a highly coveted five-star recruit, chose Maryland over Wisconsin.
Stone will miss Thursday's game against Minnesota serving the suspension.
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