Brooks to be Suspended for 2006-07 Season Opener, Game in Seattle
March 14, 2006
Eugene, Ore. -
The University of Oregon has suspended men's basketball point guard Aaron Brooks for the 2006-07 regular season opener and for the Washington game Jan. 25, 2007, in Seattle, following his actions during last week's Pac-10 tournament, Oregon director of athletics Bill Moos announced Monday.
Brooks was ejected from last Thursday's quarterfinal game against the Huskies, an 84-73 Oregon victory, for committing a flagrant foul on Washington's Ryan Appleby. Pac-10 officials then ruled that Brooks committed an act of fighting when he struck Appleby in the face with his forearm, and suspended Brooks from Oregon's semifinal game on Friday, which the Ducks lost to California 91-87 in double-overtime.
'Aaron Brooks' actions are not indicative of what is expected of the student-athletes who represent the University of Oregon,' said Moos. 'We pride ourselves on being known for good sportsmanship and proper demeanor on and off the field of competition. I feel that Aaron's suspensions will send a clear message to him and others that this type of behavior will not be tolerated.'
'I fully support Bill Moos' decision,' said Oregon coach Ernie Kent. 'It was an out-of-character incident and we all feel very badly about it.'
The Pacific-10 Conference commended the University of Oregon for its response to the incident.
'This action by Oregon is commendable and appropriate given the vicious nature of Aaron Brooks' act, which caused a very serious injury to his opponent,' Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen stated.
'It underscores that unsportsmanlike acts during the playing of a contest are not acceptable in the Pac-10, and will not be condoned. Good sportsmanship must be displayed at all times, despite the intense nature of competition in the Conference. Oregon's actions demonstrate its commitment to that philosophy.
'I believe President Dave Frohnmayer, Director of Athletics Bill Moos and Coach Ernie Kent have reacted strongly, and I commend them.
'President Frohnmayer and Director Moos also have communicated their regrets about what occurred to their counterparts at Washington. Nonetheless, a discussion of the continuing efforts within the Conference to assure good sportsmanship--with this incident as a main topic of discussion--will be scheduled for the June meetings of the Conference's Chief Executive Officers and its Council,' Hansen added.
Brooks, a graduate of Seattle's Franklin High School, wrote letters of apology to Appleby and Washington coach Lorenzo Romar during the second half of last Thursday's game and had them delivered to the Husky locker room. Brooks also publicly apologized for his actions in post-game media interviews at the Staples Center immediately following the game.
Brooks averaged 10.8 points and 4.4 assists per game as a junior in 2005-06.