Brumbaugh apologizes after shoplifting arrest

Updated: August 29, 2005, 6:01 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

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