Suspensions lifted for 4 LIU players in brawl
The star of the Long Island University Brooklyn basketball team
and three teammates arrested in a campus brawl had their
suspensions lifted Monday and were instead put on school probation
and will be suspended for two games each.
Julian Boyd, a forward who was named the Northeast Conference
player of the year last year, and three other players, Jamal
Olaswere, Troy Joseph and C.J. Garner, were suspended from school
after the brawl last month.
The fight broke out during a welcome-back party for students at
the Brooklyn campus. Initially, there was an altercation among
members of the basketball and track teams. Then, a second fight
broke out between basketball players and other students, including
a DJ at the party. Police say the four players were arrested after
five students filed complaints. Those students were not seriously
The four were arraigned on assault charges and suspended from
school, but they appealed the suspension.
On Monday, LIU’s provost Gale Stevens Haynes said suspensions
were lifted after careful consideration, but the school would
require the students to undergo anger management and other
counseling, and do community service.
The Blackbirds won the Northeast Conference regular season and
tournament titles the past two seasons. They went 25-9 last season,
16-2 in the conference, and lost to North Carolina in the second
round of the NCAA tournament.
The team begins practice this month and games begin in
Olaswere is from Bartonsville, Md.; Boyd is from San Antonio;
Garner, 22, is from Silver Spring, Md.; and Troy, 21, is from