Kansas’ De Sousa 12-Game Ban in Brawl with Kansas State, 4 Suspended
Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa will miss 12 games, as he was among four players suspended by the Big 12 on Wednesday for their roles in a brawl between the Jayhawks and Kansas State on Tuesday.
In addition to De Sousa's suspension, which was the stiffest of the four, the Jayhawks' David McCormack received a two-game ban. For Kansas State, James Love will miss eight games, and Antonio Gordon will miss three.
"This kind of behavior cannot be tolerated and these suspensions reflect the severity of last evening's events," Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement.
In addition to the four-player suspensions, both programs were reprimanded by the Big 12 for players' leaving the bench area during the incident, which violates the conference's sportsmanship policy.
Earlier Wednesday, Kansas coach Bill Self indefinitely suspended De Sousa, pending the outcome of the Big 12's discipline.
The melee began when De Sousa blocked DaJuan Gordon's shot in the final seconds of an 81-60 Jayhawks victory and then stood over Gordon. At one point during the brawl, De Sousa, who had thrown multiple punches, held a stool above his head before it fell from his grasp as assistant coach Jerrance Howard grabbed at it.
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