Purdue dismisses Barlow, suspends Byrd

Purdue kicked guard Kelsey Barlow off the team Friday and

suspended swingman D.J. Byrd for a pivotal late-season game

following an early-morning incident at a bar.

Lt. Gary Sparger of the West Lafayette police said officers were

called to Where Else bar near the Purdue campus just before 3 a.m.

after a disturbance. Both Barlow and Byrd were there when police

arrived.

Police are investigating an allegation that Byrd assaulted one

of the bar’s bouncers. Sparger said Barlow had been kicked out of

the bar earlier that night, then told bar staff he had left his

wallet inside but was not allowed back in.

Byrd was arrested by Indiana State Police for public

intoxication and spent five hours in jail. He will miss Sunday’s

home game against No. 7 Michigan State as the Boilermakers (17-9,

7-6 Big Ten) try to improve their record and RPI in hopes of an

NCAA tournament berth.

In a statement, Purdue said the players were punished for

violating unspecified team rules.

”This is an unfortunate situation, but we will move forward as

a program,” coach Matt Painter said. ”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 school said it would have no further comment.

Barlow, a 6-5 guard from Indianapolis, started 22 of 26 games

this season, averaging 24.3 minutes and 8 points. Byrd, a 6-5

player from Crawfordsville, Ind., had started four games, averaging

17.1 minutes and giving the Boilermakers a deep threat with 45

percent shooting from 3-point range.

Barlow was suspended just before last year’s NCAA tournament for

conduct detrimental to the team. The Boilermakers lost in the

second round to Virginia Commonwealth.

Police were expected to file their report with the Tippecanoe

County prosecutor’s office by Tuesday. A message left at the bar

was not immediately returned.

State police declined to comment on the matter, saying the

county prosecutor’s office would release information. The

prosecutor’s office did not return repeated calls for

information.