Darius Paul’s career at Illinois had just restarted this summer and now it is once again over. The former Illini forward was suspended for the entire 2014-15 season after failing two drug tests and it was announced Friday evening that the team had permanently done away with Paul.
According to Scout, Paul was dismissed from the team after he was arrested during the team’s overseas trip to France earlier this summer. Paul was charged with public intoxication, vandalism, and resisting arrest while he was not able to play due to a shoulder injury.
Paul spent last season at Lamar State College-Port Arthur while he was suspended for marijuana use and underage drinking. Illini head coach John Groce talked about the team’s decision to part ways with Paul.
“After further review of the situation, Darius has been dismissed from our team,” Groce said in a statement. “Although his playing days here are over, we are committed to helping him move forward.”
Last season, Paul had a pretty successful season with the Seahawks. He averaged 17.1 points and 9.1 rebounds per game while shooting 43.8 percent from the field.
Unfortunately, Paul’s basketball career is more than likely over. Hopefully he is able to turn things around from the mistakes he made and someone gives him one more shot.
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