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Bailey, Sidney Suspended Indefinitely

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STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State University Athletics Department announced Friday that men's basketball players and Elgin Bailey and Renardo Sidney have been suspended indefinitely for their roles in an altercation Thursday night at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu.  Both Bailey and Sidney have been sent home from Hawaii where the team is competing in the Diamond Head Classic.  They will not play in Saturday's game at Hawaii nor next Wednesday's game against St. Mary's in Las Vegas.

The length of the suspensions will be determined by the actions of Elgin and Renardo moving forward, and the situation will be reassessed when the team and coaching staff return to campus.

Scott Stricklin, MSU Athletics Director

“Our athletic staff, coaches and student-athletes have a responsibility to conduct themselves in a manner that brings credit and honor to our university. The actions that took place Thursday night in Hawaii were embarrassing to all of us who love Mississippi State University and our athletic program.  This behavior will not be tolerated.”

Rick Stansbury, MSU Basketball
“In my 13 years as a head coach, we’ve never had anything like this happen before,” Stansbury said. “I am very disappointed in the actions of Elgin Bailey and Renardo Sidney and in no way does it reflect the overall picture of our program. It is not how we want our men’s basketball team to be viewed nationally, and it is certainly not the conduct we expect of teammates in our program, nor will it be tolerated on any level.”

Elgin Bailey, MSU Junior Forward
“I want to apologize to Mississippi State, to the people in Hawaii and to the fans that were in the stands that witnessed everything. Due to me being a captain, I should have handled the situation in a much different way. It should have never gotten to the point that it did. I really am sorry that all of this happened, especially with it unfolding on TV like it did.”

Renardo Sidney, MSU Sophomore Forward
“I’m very sorry for this incident. I had no intention of this ever happening. I apologize for embarrassing my family, all the Mississippi State fans, my teammates and coaches. I will learn from this and move on.”




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