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Columbia Missourian

Face of Missouri men's basketball suspended one game

By Alex Ruppenthal
December 17, 2009 | 2:50 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Missouri men's basketball player J.T. Tiller was arrested early Thursday morning on a warrant for an unpaid speeding ticket.

Columbia Police arrested Tiller during a traffic stop at 1:30 a.m. on Tenth Street and Broadway, Detective Jeff Westbrook said. During the stop, police discovered that there was a warrant for Tiller's arrest for an unpaid speeding ticket he was issued in Foristell. Tiller failed to appear for his court date, a misdemeanor offense.

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The Boone County Sheriff’s Department said Tiller was booked into the Boone County Jail at 3:18 a.m. and was released at 3:44 a.m. after posting $185 bond.

Missouri basketball coach Mike Anderson said Tiller, a senior guard, is suspended for Missouri’s game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday at Mizzou Arena. Anderson said Tiller will play against Illinois on Dec. 23 in St. Louis.

“We talk about him being the face of our program, with everything he’s done, with everything you ask of a student-athlete, it just shows you, if it can happen to J.T., it can happen to anyone,” Anderson said.

“No one feels worse than J.T. Tiller, I’m going to tell you that,” he added.