Tony Barbee dismisses Shaq Johnson from Auburn basketball team
Auburn coach Tony Barbee has dismissed sophomore Shaq Johnson for a 'violation of team rules,' the school announced Thursday. A source told CBSSports.com that the dismissal was caused by Johnson's recent arrest, after which he was charged with possession of marijuana and jailed in Lee County, Ala.
Auburn coach Tony Barbee has dismissed sophomore Shaq Johnson for a "violation of team rules," the school announced Thursday. A source told CBSSports.com that the dismissal was caused by Johnson's recent arrest, after which he was charged with possession of marijuana and jailed in Lee County, Ala.
A jail official confirmed to CBSSports.com that a "Shaquille Jerrod Johnson" was jailed at 1:47 a.m. on Thursday and released six minutes later at 1:53 a.m. Johnson posted a $500 bond. Shaquille Jerrod Johnson is Johnson's full name, according to Auburn's official athletic website.
"We hold our student-athletes to a high standard at Auburn University in the way that they conduct themselves off the court," Barbee said in a release. "I am very disappointed in Shaq's choices and actions, and they won't be tolerated. This decision is not one that I take lightly, but it is in the best interest of both the program and the student-athlete."
An attempt to reach Barbee for additional comment was not immediately successful.
Johnson played in all 32 games last season and started 21. The 6-foot-5 wing averaged 5.3 points and 3.0 rebounds in 18.6 minutes per game. Coming out of high school, Johnson was considered one of the top 25 players at his position.
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