Purdue Dismisses Barlow, Suspends Byrd
The Purdue Boilermakers dismissed Kelsey Barlow from the team and suspended D.J. Byrd from Sunday’s game against conference leader Michigan State, according to a tweet from CBS Jeff Goodman.
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Byrd was arrested early this morning for charges of intoxication after a bar scuffle where Barlow was present. Head coach Matt Painter said that both actions are a result of a violation of team rules.
"This is an unfortunate situation, but we will move forward as a program," Painter said according to USA Today. "We expect our student-athletes to live up to a high standard, and when their actions become detrimental to the program, there are consequences."
The loss of both these players will likely hurt the team this weekend when they face Michigan State. Barlow had started 22 of 26 games and averaged 8.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. Byrd is averaging 8.0 points per game, but has more than doubled that average in his past five games. The Boilmakers are currently 7-6 in Big Ten play and are sixth place overall in the conference.