Martez Harrison has been removed from the University of Missouri-Kansas City basketball roster following further investigation conducted by the Title IX office. Harrison was already serving a suspension stemming from the undisclosed incident and had missed five games.
Today, the university changed the status of his suspension from indefinite to permanent.
Harrison, a 5-foot-11 guard, was averaging 16.5 points per game, good for the second highest average on the Kangaroos team. He remains a student at the school despite his status on the team.
Results of the investigation will remain unknown as they are protected under student privacy laws.
“Martez failed to meet the expectations we have for student-athletes in our program, when those standards aren’t met, there are consequences. His conduct fell far short of what we expect from those who represent our men’s basketball program and university,” head coach Kareem Richardson said in a statement.
“After gathering more facts from Title IX office officials during his suspension, and further discussions with athletics department personnel, the decision was made to permanently remove him from our program.”
This is a far-cry from what initially was expected to be a small matter that would be resolved quickly. Following word of Harrison’s suspension, coach Richardson said that the nature of the suspension was “nothing that will get him in too big of trouble.”
It is unclear if a criminal investigation will spring as a result of the investigation, but this is about as bad a trouble you can get in as far as a college athletics career goes.