The situation got worse for the Missouri men's basketball program as the day wore on. Missouri coach Mike Anderson suspended five players indefinitely Tuesday after a weekend altercation left his top scorer with a broken jaw.
In a statement from the university, Anderson declined to indicate the reason for the discipline, calling the infractions a violation of team rules.
But the move comes as Columbia police confirmed that several teammates were with senior guard Stefhon Hannah when he was attacked outside the downtown nightclub Athena early Sunday morning. The injury could cause Hannah to miss the rest of the season.
Hannah, who returned home to Chicago following surgery, senior guard Jason Horton (from Cedar Hill High School) and forwards Marshall Brown, Darryl Butterfield and Leo Lyons were suspended. Each is either a starter or a key reserve.
Anderson implemented what he called a “zero-tolerance” policy after junior forward DeMarre Carroll — his nephew — was shot in the ankle outside another Columbia nightclub over the summer. Police said Carroll was a bystander trying to break up a fight.
Along with the injuries suffered by Hannah and Carroll, three other Tigers players have been involved in off-court violence or misconduct since Anderson was hired less than two years ago.
-- The Associated Press