The CSU menâ€™s basketball team has suspended sophomore forward Greg Smith for the first three games of the upcoming 2010-11 season after he was arrested on Halloween.
The suspension comes in the wake of an early morning dispute on Oct. 31 between Smith and 19-year-old Katelyn Schwartzkopf in the parking lot of 1613 West Plum St. According to police reports, Smith was arrested for harassment and domestic violence.
Several witnesses in the report claim that Smith pushed and grabbed Schwartzkopf, demanding that she return his keys. The report describes Schwartzkopf continuously refusing to give Smith his keys, fearing he would drive his car while intoxicated. Smith also reportedly shoved Schwartzkopfâ€™s friend Mikaela Guettler to the ground when she tried to intervene.
Smith told an officer that he never intended to use his keys to drive, saying instead he needed them to enter his house.
CSU coach Tim Miles released the following statement regarding the suspension:
â€œAs a program, we take this matter very seriously. I will stay closely involved as the situation unfolds with both the legal process and the universityâ€™s student conduct process.Â At this time, Greg has been suspended for an additional three games, and I will continue to evaluate his status as more information becomes available.â€
Miles explained during a Tuesday interview that he will continue to monitor the academic and behavioral activity of Smith to determine whether or not to reinstate the sophomore after his three-game suspension expires.
Smith served a short team-ordered suspension for academic reasons during the exhibition season. It does not appear Smithâ€™s scholarship will be compromised by the arrest.
In his freshman season, Smith averaged 7.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in 28 games for the Rams. He starred at Ralston High School in Omaha, Neb. before committing to CSU.
The regular season begins Saturday when the Rams host Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 7 p.m.
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