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
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
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