It looks like LIU-Brooklyn will get a chance to defend its Northeast Conference regular season and tournament championships. The four players – Julian Boyd, Jamal Olasewere, Troy Joseph and C.J. Garner– who were suspended after their arrests following a brawl last month, had their initial suspensions lifted by the university Monday.
All four players filed appeals after they were suspended.
All four will continue to undergo counseling, participate in an anger managing program and perform community service. In addition, the four will be suspended for the first two Northeast Conference games of the season.
"After careful consideration of the appeals of four members of our men's basketball team who were suspended for their involvement in a Sept. 15 altercation on campus, the University has lifted the suspensions and placed the student-athletes on probation,” LIU-Brooklyn Provost Gale Stevens-Haynes said in a statement.
The fight, involving the basketball players, members of the track team and non-athete students occurred during a party welcoming back the students to the Downtown Brooklyn campus. The players were arrested after several students made complaints.
LIU, the two-time defending NEC regular season and tournament champion, went 25-9 (16-2 NEC) last year and fell to North Carolina in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Blackbirds enter this season with a new coach, Jack Perri, at the helm. Perri steps in for Jim Ferry, who left the school to take over at Duquesne.