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Big Ten suspends Illini's Griffin 2 games

Field Level Media
24 Jan 2020, 11:40 GMT+10

Illinois guard Alan Griffin was suspended two games by the Big Ten Conference on Thursday for stepping on the chest of an opponent during a game on Tuesday night.

Griffin's indiscretion occurred midway through the first half of a 79-62 road victory at Purdue. Sasha Stefanovic fell to the ground after driving to the basket and sinking a layup for the Boilermakers. An agitated Griffin, whose right foot temporarily was stuck under Stefanovic, stomped on the guard's chest with his left foot.

Griffin, who was given a flagrant 2 foul after a review and ejected from the game, apologized via social media on Wednesday night and said he met with Stefanovic after the game to apologize to the Purdue sophomore.

The Big Ten called the incident a "teachable moment" in handing down its suspension.

"After a thoughtful and thorough review of this incident, we are all extremely fortunate this did not create a hostile and unsafe environment for the players, coaches, game officials and fans," Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren said on the conference's official website. "It is important for me to emphasize and make it crystal clear that such behavior will not be tolerated, period. We place the utmost importance on the safety and well-being of our players, coaches, game officials and fans. The situation provides a teachable moment for all parties involved, especially our student-athletes as they use their time in the Big Ten to grow as individuals both on and off the field of competition."

A 6-foot-5 sophomore, Griffin is averaging 8.4 points and 4.2 rebounds this season.

No. 21 Illinois' next two games are at Michigan on Saturday and against Minnesota on Jan. 30.

--Field Level Media

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