June 14, 2024

Four Kent State players disciplined for social media post

Four Kent State players, including starting guard Malique Jacobs, have been disciplined by the Mid-American Conference for a social media post in advance of Saturday’s championship game against rival Akron.

Kent State guard Malique Jacobs (2) works the ball past West Virginia guard Taz Sherman (12) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Morgantown, W.Va., on Dec. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/William Wotring, File)

The league said forward DJ Johnson has been suspended indefinitely, while Jacobs and reserves Cli’Ron Hornbeak and Julius Rollins will have to sit out the first half of the title game for the Golden Flashes.

“I’m disappointed this occurred,” said MAC commissioner Dr. Jon Steinbrecher. “This does not represent the values of Kent State or the Mid-American Conference. However, I commend the leadership of Kent State for being proactive in addressing this matter and collaborating with my office to bring this situation to resolution.”

The school had no immediate comment.

Jacobs scored a team-high 19 points and had 10 rebounds in Kent State’s win over Ohio in the semifinals on Friday night.

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