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