CARBONDALE - The three Southern Illinois University men's basketball players, who were suspended earlier this season, used a Crosman Airsoft rifle and a Saluki women's basketball player's car in the incident that got them in trouble, according to a published report Wednesday.
Sophomore center Gene Teague and junior guards Mykel Cleveland and Troy Long were suspended for three games after they were issued citations for battery after a Feb. 3 incident near an SIU Carbondale residence hall. All three are scheduled to appear in at the Jackson County Courthouse in Murphysboro in early March.
The three shot teammate Davante Drinkard after dropping him off and an unidentified 20-year-old victim, according to a campus police report obtained by The Daily Egyptian. A story in the Wednesday edition, cited the police report and written statements from the players and the victim, said the three bought the guns at Wal-Mart and were driving SIU guard Brooke LeMar's white Ford Mustang while she was out of town.
The 20-year-old victim, who did not receive medical attention in a campus police report, said he was not injured. He was shot in the back of the head while wearing a hood.
The Carbondale Police Department forwarded The Southern to the campus police department for a copy of the police report. A Freedom of Information request was filed at Anthony Hall by The Southern. The university has five days to respond to the request or provide the report.
"With teammates, our (intentions) with the guns were to joke around and shoot each other with the guns," Long said in his statement to campus police.
The three players, who are expected to play tonight against Indiana State after serving their suspension, were not available for comment Tuesday. They had to go through the university's judicial process, as the incident took place on SIU property, SIU coach Chris Lowery said.
Whether the students still face disciplinary action from the school is still unclear. Student Judicial Affairs referred all questions about the matter to Dr.
Peter Gitau, the associate vice chancellor and dean of students. Gitau did not immediately return a message left at his office earlier today.
Cleveland, who was driving LeMar's Mustang with an expired license, was issued a warning. The car was impounded after the incident took place.
Teague, the Salukis' 6-foot-9, 290-pound starting center earlier this season, said in his statement to campus police he was the one who shot the 20-year-old SIU student.
SIU women's basketball coach Missy Tiber had no comment, according to SIU's sports information office, on whether LeMar would or has faced any disciplinary action for allowing the players to use her car.
Crosman has six handguns/rifles on sale at the Carbondale Wal-Mart that range in price from $11.97 to $99.00. They can shoot a 6-millimeter plastic bead from between 200-400 feet per second, depending on the model.
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