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Brumbaugh apologizes after shoplifting arrest

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Oklahoma State freshman forward Keith
Brumbaugh said Monday he made "a huge mistake" when he was
arrested for shoplifting at a Stillwater Wal-Mart last week.

Wal-Mart employees told Stillwater police Brumbaugh, 18, left
the store Aug. 20 without paying for $42.03 in merchandise. He was
cited for petty larceny shoplifting.

"I made a huge mistake," Brumbaugh said in a release issued by
the school. "I regret what I did and the damage it caused the
university and my team. I assure everyone, it won't happen again.
I've already apologized to the coaching staff and my teammates, and
I'd also like to apologize to the Oklahoma State fans as well."

Brumbaugh, a 6-foot-8 forward from DeLand High School in
Florida, signed a financial aid agreement with the Cowboys in July
after withdrawing from the NBA draft. He averaged 30.3 points, 12
rebounds, 4.9 assists and 3.6 steals per game his senior season and
was named Florida's Mr. Basketball and a third-team Parade
All-American.

"Keith has been and will continue to be disciplined for his
actions," Oklahoma State head coach-designate Sean Sutton said in
the statement. "We do not tolerate this type of behavior from our
players. It does not typify the representation that we expect from
the student-athletes on our team.

"Our players have always exuded a great deal of pride, and
consider it a privilege to represent the Cowboy basketball program
and promote a positive image of Oklahoma State University."

The Stillwater NewsPress first reported the arrest.