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TODAY'S QUESTION: Do MU basketball players' arrests reflect poorly on the university?

Friday, December 18, 2009 | 11:26 a.m. CST; updated 12:35 p.m. CST, Friday, December 18, 2009

Since two MU women's basketball players were arrested Dec. 11 on suspicion of third-degree assault, they were suspended from the team, then reinstated after charges were dropped.

The team's two leading scorers, Amanda Hanneman and Jessra Johnson, were accused of assaulting a MU cheerleader and leaving him with a swollen nose and a cut on his eye. Hanneman and Johnson said they were trying to stop a fight involving a friend and cheerleader Justin Short.

Most recently, senior guard J.T. Tiller was suspended for one game after being arrested on a warrant for an unpaid speeding ticket.

Last year, five men's basketball players were suspended after they got into a fight outside of what was then Athena Night Club. Guard Stefhon Hannah, who was scheduled to miss four to six weeks of games, was dismissed from the team because of academic problems.

Coach Mike Anderson created a "no tolerance" policy after forward DeMarre Carroll was shot outside Club Tropicana on July 5, 2007.

Do these arrests reflect badly on the university? Should Tiller's arrest be treated as harshly as the alleged assaults?

 


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Nathan Stephens December 20, 2009 | 2:12 p.m.

I don't think that it reflects badly upon the university at all. Coaches are 'surrogate parents' for the most part and we can try all that we want, but we cannot ensure that our kids are always doing the right thing all the time. Try as we might, teach, model and all of that youth sometimes do what they do. Our hope is that these youth learn from their mistakes and grow as people. I also think that if the coaches have done their due diligence and checked the backgrounds of some of their players, they have done all that they can do. If this is the case should the city of Columbia be viewed badly based upon the recent tragedy and the DWI of a police officer? No, these are isolated incidents and nobody judges the City of Columbia employees based off of these incidents.

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Lady Tiger Fan December 21, 2009 | 8:11 a.m.

It doesn't reflect badly upon the college. All of the students that were involved in the incident are friends. It happens to the best of us. They just need to learn from this incident and learn to make wise decision when placed in difficult situations. I'm sure that all involved and have learned thier lessons. This to, shall pass.

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