Forward Juan Anderson To Miss Three Games
Nov. 11, 2011
Marquette freshman Juan Anderson has been suspended by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for the first three games of the 2011-12 season for accepting a free ticket to a local sporting event, a violation of NCAA rules.
An internal review by the Marquette compliance staff determined the violation, which was immediately self-reported to the NCAA. The ruling was finalized by the NCAA Friday.
Anderson's suspension will include home games against Mount St. Mary's (Nov. 11) and Norfolk State (Nov. 14) and the opening matchup of the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands against Winthrop (Nov. 18). He will be eligible to play in the team's second outing of the eight-team tournament. The Oakland, Calif., native is allowed to practice with the team throughout the suspension.
Anderson accepted a free ticket to a suite at a Milwaukee Brewers' playoff game from someone other than his parents/legal guardian, which is impermissible per NCAA rules.
"I apologize to my teammates and coaches for the mistake I made," Anderson said. "My college eligibility is much too valuable for me to risk. I should have been more aware, but I have learned from my mistake."
"Our compliance department does a significant amount of rules education for the student-athletes and staff, yet this situation shows how easily it is to make a mistake," Acting Athletic Director Mike Broeker said. "Juan was cooperative, apologetic and understood the consequences."
"Juan is a great representative of our program on and off the floor," head coach Buzz Williams said. "This was a learning opportunity for everyone in our program, but he still must endure the consequences."