Junior guard Devan Dumes has been suspended indefinitely after being kicked out of the Hoosiers’ game on Saturday for some flailing elbows, one of which caught Michigan State center Goran Suton in the twig’n’berries.
Here is the press release, courtesy of Peegs.com:
DEVAN DUMES SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. â€“ Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean has suspended indefinitely junior guard Devan Dumes for his actions during Saturday’s game at Michigan State.
“After coming home and having the opportunity to review the game film, I believe that discipline is necessary and deserved in this matter,” said Crean. “A line was crossed that was unacceptable. However, Devan is one of ours and like with all of our players we want them to learn and understand what it takes to be successful.”
Dumes will not play when IU visits Minnesota on Tuesday night.
“I truly regret my actions and I will learn from this situation,” said Dumes. “I apologize to everyone involved for doing something that is uncharacteristic of how I play the game. I am looking forward to putting this behind me and being a better leader to my teammates.”
Dumes will continue to practice and travel with the team.
In case you didn’t see it on Saturday, here is the video of the flying elbow that got Devan Dumes kicked out of Saturday’s game:
I could not find video of the elbow Dumes threw into Goran Suton’s junk, but it looked about as bad as this one. Basically, Dumes and Suton were running to the other end of the court side-by-side and Dumes wound his arm up and then back, into Suton’s package, in an exaggerated running motion. Suton doubled over and had to take a breather on the bench.
We’ve all been there. It didn’t look good.
The officials took a break to look at the video of that elbow, but decided to not even call a foul on Dumes, who was called for an offensive foul earlier in the game for clearing space with his elbows while holding the ball on the offense.
Needless to say, the flying elbow in the video above was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
I really like Devan Dumes. He is unruly and gets out of control at times on the court, but he plays hard and with passion — too much sometimes, obviously. I applaud the move by IU and Tom Crean, and hopefully Dumes does indeed learn from this. Anyone who has watched IU play this year knows that our only prayer to get victories is to have Dumes leading us on offense. Not having Dumes against Minnesota will make being competitive a much tougher challenge. But hopefully taking a stand now will help Dumes, and the new foundation of IU basketball being built by Tom Crean, grow for the future.
And while Dumes suspension is not good news for the Hoosiers, as least it proves one thing: we now have a coach who will take a stand with players and insist on discipline and sportsmanship. It’s a far cry from the last two years under the jackass-who-will-not-be-named.
Good move Crean. Devan, learn your lesson and get back on the floor. I think the Hoosiers have one more win in them this season, but we all know that we need Devan Dumes at the top of his game for it to happen.