Tide suspend three more starters

Just hours away from tipoff at LSU, the University of Alabama suspended three starters indefinitely for violation of team rules, coach Anthony Grant announced this afternoon. JaMychal Green, Andrew Steele and Trevor Releford were all suspended and sent home from Baton Rouge, La.

“We are extremely disappointed in the choices and decisions made by these young men that has led to this suspension,” Grant said in a statement released to the media. “Talent is a gift, but character is a choice. The consequences of their choices have negatively impacted them as individuals and the people that love and support them. Our hope is that they will be mature enough to accept responsibility for their actions and place a higher value on their character.”

The players suspension comes on the heels of Tuesday’s news that junior forward Tony Mitchell was suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team.

The four players have combined for 62 starts this season. Green, the team’s starting power forward, led Alabama with 14.1 points per game. Releford has started every game for the Tide at point guard, leading the team in assists while averaging 12.4 points per game.

The suspensions leaves mostly freshmen with starting experience in Levi Randolph, Trevor Lacey, Rodney Cooper and Nick Jacobs. Sophomore Carl Engstrom has started just one game. None averages more than 7 points per game.