Eastern to self-impose one-game suspension following incident
WILBURTON, OK (Dec. 4, 2015) – Eastern Oklahoma State College will self-impose a one-game suspension of the men’s basketball team following a confrontation with Seminole State College players after Thursday night's game in Wilburton.
The college announced the suspension Friday afternoon after gathering information from witnesses and watching videos of the incident.
“We take this matter very seriously and are working with NJCAA officials to investigate and address the situation appropriately,” Warren said. “It was our decision to suspend the next game on the schedule. We’ll address any additional decisions by the NJCAA at that time.”
Warren said he has been in contact with NJCAA Region II Director Mike St. John about the incident and they are pursuing information before making a final determination. All Eastern players listed on the roster will serve the one-game suspension, forfeiting the Dec. 5 home game against Central Baptist College.
Warren said it remains unclear what led to the confrontation, but noted that tensions were high as both teams played aggressively during the close-scoring game. Eastern defeated Seminole 86-85 and it appears that a majority of the players from both teams engaged in a fight while shaking hands after the game.
“What happened is unacceptable and does not represent the high standards of integrity and good sportsmanship that we set for ourselves,” Warren said. “Everyone involved will learn from this unfortunate experience and we’ll take the necessary steps to ensure it does not happen again.