MSU's Johnson suspended for third time in career
Mississippi State's leading scorer Ravern Johnson has been suspended for tonight's Southeastern Conference game at LSU for what university officials are calling violation of team policy.
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Johnson did not travel to Baton Rouge with the team for the Bulldogsâ€™ showdown against the Tigers (3 p.m., SEC Network) and the discipline stems from inappropriate Tweets following the 75-61 loss at Alabama on Wednesday.
Johnson sent out tweet early Thursday morning via his account, @RayJohn2, stating his dissatisfaction with the Bulldogs coaching staff.
â€śStarting to see why people Transfer you can play the minutes but not getting your talents shown because u watching someone else wit the ball the whole game shooters need to move not watch why other coaches get that do not make sense to me,â€ť Johnson tweeted.
The Mississippi State menâ€™s basketball program banned the use of Twitter for its student-athletes for the rest of the 2010-11 season Thursday afternoon as a result of Johnson's actions.
Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin said he's had a discussion with head men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury about the player's tweets.
"We talked about it and I'll say that he was upset and I was upset about the situation," Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin said. "What disappointed both us was the players not using that form of communication responsibly. We both agreed that if they weren't going to be responsible with it, we needed to take it away from them."
Stansbury made the announcement Friday after meeting with his senior wing player earlier that morning. Johnson is second on the team in scoring at a 17.7 points clip but more importantly averages the most minutes per contest at small forward by playing 36.5 minutes per game. Johnson currently leads the SEC in minutes per game during league play this season.
Johnson has been suspended previously twice in his college career.
He was suspended this past December for what university officials called a violation of school's class attendance policy and then were forced to play without him last season against Kentucky in the Humphrey Coliseum for what State officials are calling a violation of conduct detrimental to the team.
Redshirt freshman Shaun Smith, a Noxubee County native, who is averaging just 6 minutes per game but hasn't played more than 10, started and played 25 minutes on Dec. 14 after Johnson was held out against Alabama State due to what MSU officials called a violation of schoolâ€™s class attendance policy.