Maryland forward Diamond Stone has been suspended for one game after shoving the head of Wisconsin’s Vitto Brown into the floor on Saturday.
Stone and Brown got tangled up going for a loose ball, and the apparent shove came as the Maryland big man was getting up to his feet. The move provoked a response and Stone was penalized with a dead ball technical foul, but remained in the game. Wisconsin forward Charlie Thomas ended up getting a technical foul as well.
Here’s a good look at the Diamond Stone-Vitto Brown incident. Should Stone have been ejected from the game? https://t.co/sm38uWy5PZ
— Sean Merriman (@BTNSean) February 14, 2016
“Diamond’s conduct during Saturday’s game was a poor representation of the standards that we have established as a program at the University of Maryland,” coach Mark Turgeon said in a statement. “I have talked with Diamond and he realizes he made a mistake. He felt very badly about what happened and will learn from this experience. I want to sincerely apologize to Vitto Brown and [Wisconsin coach] Greg Gard for what transpired Saturday.”
Whether Stone should have been ejected was a hot topic of debate — one of several controversial calls from the last week, so a one-game suspension sounds about right as supplemental punishment for what seems to be a violent act from the freshman. It’s worth mentioning, as CBS Sports’ Sam Vecenie did in his write-up of the incident on Saturday, that Stone, a highly coveted five-star recruit, chose Maryland over Wisconsin.
Stone will miss Thursday’s game against Minnesota serving the suspension.