With the Battle of Brooklyn game being the next game for both LIU Brooklyn and St. Francis Brooklyn on Sunday because of the snow storm postponements, here is an update on the St. Francis Brooklyn players suspensions which came out late last night. The four St. Francis Brooklyn players who are affected by the suspensions are Brent Jones, Wayne Martin, Anthony White and P.J. Santavenere.
According to Pat O’Keefe of News 12 Brooklyn/Bronx, at least two of the players (Martin and White) were arrested in recent days. Martin was charged with forcible touching and sex abuse and White was charged with assault of a 20-year old victim in the dorms. It also sounds like police are looking to question P.J. Santavenere in possible connection to the rape of the 20-year victim. Jones doesn’t appear to have been arrested. Also O’ Keefe mentioned that St. Francis Brooklyn would not comment to say if these four players were still enrolled at the school at this time.
Here is the Pat O’Keefe report from News 12 last night.
You can follow Pat O’Keefe recent tweets regarding these St. Francis Brooklyn arrests and suspensions at his Twitter: @patokeefe12
It doesn’t appear that these four players will stepping out on the basketball court anytime soon especially this Sunday for the Battle of Brooklyn game. You can follow me on twitter @NelCastBHJ as I will try to pass along any further updates on this situation.
Also, in suspension news, Cormac Gordon of the Staten Island Advance reported on Tuesday that Wagner’s junior guard Jay Harris has been suspended for the remaining of the season including the postseason for violation of school policy. This comes after the heels of four Robert Morris players that were suspended back on January 29th for one full year for violation of university rules.
Injuries and suspensions has put a somewhat damper of what was supposed to be a wild and fun NEC season. Unfortunately, a lot more wildness has taken place off the court than what everyone would have liked.
Update: 2/14/14 8:00pm – Pat O’Keefe of News 12 provided further update on the St. Francis Brooklyn suspensions this afternoon with the following tweets:
O’Keefe also revealed through Twitter that he had learned from St. Francis Brooklyn that freshman guard Sheldon Hagigal had also been suspended for five days this week for something unrelated to this particular incident. Hagigal has already been reinstated according to O’Keefe.