Hannah yet to arrive, details of suspension still unclear

Monday, February 11, 2008 | 9:07 p.m. CST; updated 5:17 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

COLUMBIA — Missouri men’s basketball coach Mike Anderson said bad weather prevented Missouri guard Stefhon Hannah from returning to Columbia as planned on Monday, so Anderson said he hopes to visit with the suspended and injured player today.

Anderson said that, as far as he knows, Hannah was in St. Louis on Monday night.

“Hopefully I can get a chance to visit with him tomorrow,” Anderson said on Monday. “To sit down and visit with him tomorrow.”

Beyond that, Anderson offered few specifics about Hannah, who had his jaw broken in a Jan. 27 fight outside Athena Night Club, went home to Chicago the next day to recover, and was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault upon his return to Columbia on Friday. It was unclear whether Hannah remained in Columbia or left again until Anderson’s comments on Monday.

Anderson did repeat that Hannah remains indefinitely suspended.

Jason Horton, another Missouri guard, was arrested on the same charge in connection to the Jan. 27 fight but returned to the team after serving a two-game suspension. Anderson would not specify if Hannah will serve the same suspension as Horton.

As of Monday, charges had not been filed on the players. Anderson did not say how he will deal with the players if they are charged.

“They have not been,” Anderson said. “Right now, what is it, misdemeanor right now? I can’t say. We’ll deal with that in the future.”

On Monday, Anderson was asked to clarify comments made after Missouri’s 77-69 loss to Texas A&M on Saturday, in which he said Hannah has not had a chance to serve his suspension yet because he has been hurt.

“I said Jason is here, OK, so he has had a chance to serve and do the things that he had to do,” Anderson said. “Well this young man (Hannah) is hurt. No. 1, he can’t sit out games, so he is indefinitely suspended. There are some things also, if in fact he was here, that he’d be able to do. But he hasn’t, because he was not here.”

Asked if Hannah will be able to serve his suspension upon arrival in Columbia, Anderson said, “We’ll get a chance to visit.”

Asked specifically, what has to happen for Hannah to be reinstated, Anderson said, “there are team things that have got to take place,” adding that suspended players, “go through quite a bit.”

“I will get a chance to sit down and visit with him and we will visit on everything,” Anderson said.

Forward Marshall Brown, who was suspended one game after the incident at Athena, said he had not talked to Hannah in about a week and didn’t know of any teammates who had.

“He was fine. He’s dealing with it,” Brown said of a phone conversation last week. “He’s dealing with a lot right now. He’s trying to deal with it the best way he can and try to move on from it.”

Forward Leo Lyons, who was also suspended one game after the incident at Athena, spoke to Hannah on the phone when the guard was in Columbia on Friday.

“Stefhon has got a big heart,” Lyons said. “I don’t think nothing like that will keep him off the court, keep him from performing. But I’m pretty sure as soon as he gets back, he’s going to get back in shape and he’ll be all right.”

Lyons was asked if he thought Hannah would be back playing basketball for the Missouri Tigers.

“Yeah, I expect to see him,” Lyons said. “He’s still part of our family and part of our team. The quicker he heals the quicker he’ll get on the court.

CARROLL PRACTICES: Forward DeMarre Carroll, who re-aggravated an injury in his right ankle on Saturday, was back practicing with the team on Monday. Carroll has been having problems with that ankle for most of the season and didn’t practice between Missouri’s game against Kansas on Feb. 4 and the Texas A&M game on Saturday. On Saturday, Carroll, who is Missouri’s leading rebounder and, with Hannah out, leading scorer, was optimistic that he will be able to play in Wednesday’s game against Nebraska.

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