Baylor’s LaceDarius Dunn back to action Nov. 22
Baylor guard LaceDarius Dunn’s suspension will go through the
first three games of the regular season, then he will be eligible
to play for the 16th-ranked Bears again on Nov. 22.
The school made that announcement before their season opener
Friday night, when Dunn sat on the bench wearing a vest with a tie
over a long-sleeve lavender shirt next to starting guard A.J.
Walton, who was serving a suspension of his own.
Coach Scott Drew said after the 87-52 victory over Grambling
State that he couldn’t comment on Dunn’s suspension aside from what
had already been announced.
”The good thing is we are excited about when he comes back,”
Drew said. ”As good as he looks on the sideline, we know he’s
better on the court.”
Dunn, the team’s leading scorer last season, had been
indefinitely suspended since he was arrested last month after
police accused him of breaking his girlfriend’s jaw in a domestic
The woman, Lacharlesla Edwards, disputed police accounts, saying
Dunn didn’t hit her and her jaw wasn’t broken. Edwards, the mother
of Dunn’s 3-year-old son, has asked that all charges be
Waco police sent the case to McLennan County District Attorney
John Segrest, who hasn’t commented. Segrest, who lost his
re-election bid and will leave office Jan. 4, didn’t return a phone
The school said in its release that Dunn’s three-game suspension
is for ”a team rules violation.” Dunn did not play in the Bears’
preseason scrimmage or an exhibition game before the regular-season
opener against Grambling State. He will also miss games against La
Salle and Jackson State.
The school said there would be no further comment on Dunn’s
There was no word about Walton’s suspension until the game
began. The school said only that he was serving a one-game
suspension for a violation of team rules and would be able to play
the next game Tuesday against La Salle.
Dunn’s attorney, Vikram Deivanayagam, declined to comment
Waco police have said officers were called to Hillcrest Hospital
on Sept. 27 to investigate an assault on Edwards. Dunn was arrested
after turning himself into authorities Oct. 5, the same day his
suspension from the team was announced.
Dunn was suspended academically Oct. 7, but a Baylor
disciplinary panel allowed him to return to class the following
Deivanayagam said in a statement then that the Baylor University
Judicial Affairs Disciplinary Committee heard evidence and found
Dunn ”not guilty of assaulting a female which resulted in her jaw
being broken,” quoting from a letter he said he received from the
After the decision, Dunn was allowed to practice with the Bears
but remained suspended from competition.
Dunn was a second-team All-Big 12 pick last season when he
averaged 19.6 points and 4.8 rebounds while the Bears set a school
record with 28 victories and got within one win of making their
first NCAA Final Four appearance in 60 years. He set school records
for points (704), 3-pointers (116) and free throw shooting
percentage (85.7 on 126 of 147 free throws).
Dunn needs 451 points this season to become the school’s career
scoring leader, and 518 for the Big 12 lead. He holds the Baylor
record with 299 career 3-pointers, 91 short of the conference
”He’s a great just off-the-court leader. He kept talking to me
while he was on the bench,” Quincy Acy said after scoring 20
points with 12 rebounds in the season-opening win, adding that he
told Dunn, ”We’re waiting on you to come back. We’re looking
forward to it.”
Associated Press writer Schuyler Dixon in Dallas contributed to