Posted November 06, 2013

Oregon suspends two for selling team gear

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Oregon guard Dominic Artis averaged 24 minutes per game last season.  (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Oregon sophomore guard Dominic Artis averaged 24 minutes per contest last season. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Oregon suspended sophomore guard Dominic Artis and sophomore forward Ben Carter for selling team gear in violation of NCAA rules, the school announced.

The exact length of the suspensions has not been determined as the school self-reported the violation to the NCAA.

Both must donate to charity the value of team-issued apparel they sold because of those violations.

Artis averaged 8.5 points and 3.2 assists last season, while Carter averaged 2.4 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.

“Ben and Dominic are two good young men who made a poor decision that was against NCAA rules,” said Oregon coach Dana Altman. “I feel that both regret their decisions and the impact that it has on their teammates and our university.”

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“I want to apologize to the university, Coach Altman and my teammates for selling apparel,” Artis said. “I regret my actions and do not want this situation to define me or my character.”

“As a student-athlete at Oregon, I recognize that I have a responsibility to represent our team and our university at all times with the utmost of integrity,” Carter said. “I regret the decision to sell the apparel and I am grateful to the NCAA and to the university for the opportunity to make amends.”


18 comments
personalitynumber2
personalitynumber2

Josh Selby and Perry Jones got shorter suspensions for thousands of dollars of impermissible benefits. Shabazz got free trips, hotel and food. Why is reselling your own stuff worse than getting $$$ or trips? College kids sell books, clothes, furniture, whatever at the end of every semester. 

noitallman
noitallman

Meanwhile, Oregon sells apparel with those players names on it and makes hefty profits.

Kpath
Kpath

Maybe they were just trying to clear out their closets. Don't Oregon athletes get new crazy Nike unis every week?

muser
muser

Was it the NCAA rules or Nike's marketing agreements that worried Swoosh-U?

jbber
jbber

This is the biggest labor scam in America after the sex slave trade.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

WHO wrote the SAME "heartfelt" apology for these dumbazz kids. They are too stupid to do it themselves. Please, was it one of Knight's P.R. guys?

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

SO, does Oregeon get banned like OSU? C'mon NCAA show the "fair" treatment you talk about. 

JeffBockert
JeffBockert

@jbber  Yep, unbelievable. Everyone else continues to make more and more money and the athletes are getting in trouble for trying to sell some extra gear????? Meanwhile, Saban will see if he can get 10 million a year from Texas. 

Whatever
Whatever

Oregon's coach didn't cover up the violations like Trussel did, and that's where OSU's main penalties came from.

JeffBockert
JeffBockert

@WHO*IS*ESPN   Fair? What about Miami's penalty? The west coast teams have been punished far more severely than the east coast. Johnny Manziel is still playing for Pete's sake! 

Whatever
Whatever

No, Saban's going to get $10 million from Alabama (and a big pool of money for his assistants) by using Texas.

JeffBockert
JeffBockert

@woodson26 @PatrickBatemanVP   Actually no, free tuition is not enough when everyone else in the billion dollar industry is making money. With the pressures from the coaches, many of these kids don't even get an education. 

Whatever
Whatever

Everyone else is NOT making tons of money. Only football and basketball are "black" sports; everything else is a "red" sport (referring to profit/loss). And most schools are simply all red.

hurley.j1
hurley.j1

@jbber @woodson26 @PatrickBatemanVP  they receive stipends for all road games and have their own top of the line dining halls with chefs almost around the clock.  i agree these gets are getting exploited but lets stop the BS argument that these kids are going hungry. its just not true.