Kansas State basketball player Denis Clemente was suspended by coach Frank Martin for tonight’s nonconference game against North Carolina-Central.
Clemente was called for a technical foul after elbowing Kansas’ Brady Morningstar in Saturday’s loss to the Jayhawks, and Clemente also slapped KU’s Tyrel Reed in the head after a free throw, though that was not caught by officials.
“I am very sorry for my actions on Saturday,” Clemente said in a statement released by K-State sports information. “I understand that I let my emotions get the best of me and, more importantly, I let my team down.”
In the statement, Martin said, “Denis is a very passionate and competitive young man who knows he made a mistake. His actions on Saturday are not acceptable and he has to do a better job of maintaining his composure. Denis is the leader of this basketball team and we are 100-percent supportive of him during this time.”
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Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe said in the statement that he was satisfied with Clemente’s punishment and intimated no other punishment was coming from the conference.