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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.

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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