Roos Basketball Dismiss Harrison

Martez Harrison sitting on the bench in Monday's game against Southeast Missouri State University.

Martez Harrison, UMKC’s all-time assist leader, has been dismissed from the men’s basketball program, effective immediately. The announcement came from head coach Kareem Richardson on Monday, Dec. 12. Harrison was initially suspended Nov. 28 due to violation of athletics department policy.

Harrison was averaging 17.2 points per game, after playing in the first six games. He was the 2014-2015 WAC Player of the year and AP All-American honorable mention.

“Martez failed to meet the expectations we have for student-athletes in our program,” Richardson said. “When those standards aren’t met, there are consequences…After gathering more facts from Title IX office officials during his suspension…the decision was made to permanently remove him from our program.”

Coach Richardson talked to the press during basketball practice about the suspension Dec. 13.

“Martez is no different than any of the guys. It’s family, and I look at these guys like my own kids,” said Richardson. “I think it was the right decision.”

LaVell Boyd has been leading the Roos in points this season.

“We just move forward — we are a close team already,” said Boyd. “This is nothing new. We played five games without him.”

The Roos are currently 7-4. UMKC’s next game is Thursday, Dec. 15 against Omaha at Municipal Arena in downtown Kansas City.

The games Harrison played in are not subject to forfeit. He missed five games during the suspension.

The initial notice was made in a written statement by coach Richardson released to the press prior to UMKC’s 86-75-win over Southeast Missouri State University. Harrison did not play in the game, but sat on the bench. Richardson was made aware of the details behind Harrison’s suspension Sunday, Nov. 27.

According to Richardson, Chancellor Leo E. Morton has been aware of the details behind the suspension. The decision to suspend Harrison came within the athletic department.

LaVell Boyd is averaging 18.3 points per game for the Roos.

LaVell Boyd led the Roos with 21 points, six assists and six rebounds against William Jewell on Dec. 10.

rhennessy@unews.com

 

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