Four UK Football Players Suspended Following Campus Air Pistol Shooting Incident
Kentucky will be shorthanded for the South Carolina game this Saturday. Coach Mark Stoops has suspended four players.
The announcement of the disciplinary action was communicated via a statement from the UK Athletics Department and Coach Stoops:
Four University of Kentucky football student-athletes, freshmen Dorian Baker, Drew Barker, Tymere Dubose and Stanley Williams, have been suspended for Saturday’s game vs. South Carolina and will have additional internal team discipline for violation of team rules in relation to an incident on campus Sunday evening.
“Proper conduct is emphasized as a core value of our program,” Coach Mark Stoops said. “If we have a situation in which someone who does not act according to our standards, we hold him accountable.”
“We absolutely respect being part of a wonderful campus community,” said Mitch Barnhart, UK director of athletics. “It disappoints us when one of our student-athletes does not live up to our expectations. We respect the process of the University and are working hand-in-hand with the campus community on this issue.”
Following the announced suspensions, UK Public Relations released the following statement from Police Chief Joe Monroe:
"Today, University of Kentucky Police continued its investigation into Sunday’s incident on campus. We have been able to identify all of the people in a picture from last night’s incident captured on security cameras. Moreover, three BB guns connected with the incident were recovered as part of our investigation. UK Police officers also have interviewed those identified in the picture and worked closely with the Office of Student Affairs and the Department of Athletics on the appropriate next steps. To that end, we will be meeting tomorrow with the Fayette County Attorney’s office to determine what actions should take place. Once that investigation is completed, that information will be turned over to the Office of Student Affairs as dictated by university policy to investigate whether any violations of the code of student conduct have taken place.” — Joe Monroe, chief of UK Police.