Missouri Tiger basketball Coach Mike Anderson has suspended five of his players for violating team rules, indefinitely.
Senior guard Stefhon Hannah suffered a broken jaw after being knocked unconscious an unknown object outside Athena Nightclub in Columbia. Four other players were linked to the incident. Anderson suspended seniors Marshall Brown, Darryl Butterfield, Jason Horton, and junior Leo Lyons along with Hannah. The suspended players will not play tonight vs. Nebraska and their status will be determined at a later date. Hannah is currently out 4-6 weeks after suffering a fractured jaw on Sunday. His status will also be evaluated at a later date.
"I am very disappointed in the actions of these young men," Anderson said. "We have defined team rules and when those rules aren’t followed, our guys must be held accountable for their actions."
This is the latest in a round of off court incidents in the last year and a half since Anderson took over the troubled program from former coach Quin Snyder. Not all of these players were recruited by Snyder, but Anderson said there is a culture here that he is trying to change.
In terms of the game tonight, the Tigers will have just six scholarship players dressed tonight. DeMarre Carroll, Vaidotas Volkus, Matt Lawrence, Keon Lawrence, and JT Tiller will be the starters.