Michigan State Spartans redshirt junior guard Eron Harris has been suspended from the team indefinitely following his arrest for DWI.
Graham Couch of the Lansing State Journal reported that Harris was charged with “operating a vehicle while intoxicated and refusing a preliminary breath test,” crimes that carry jail time and a $500 fine.
Spartans head coach Tom Izzo also spoke to Couch and offered a brief statement.
“Eron Harris has been suspended indefinitely from all basketball related activities,” Izzo told the Lansing State Journal Tuesday night. “We hold our student-athletes to high standards, and the decisions that Eron made were irresponsible and unacceptable.
“Actions have consequences, and Eron must face those consequences in the legal system, in the court of public opinion, and within the program. Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken as the legal system runs its course.”
A transfer from West Virginia, Harris sat out last season and was expected to be a leading member of Michigan State’s backcourt in the 2015-16 season, alongside rising senior Denzel Valentine. In two seasons with the Mountaineers, he averaged 13.6 points per game while shooting 43 percent from the field and 40 percent from three point range.
If he does miss extended time during the season because of this arrest, Michigan State will surely have a hard time getting back to the Final Four.
Campus Sports will update Harris’ status as more information becomes available.
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