Xavier's Fin suspended for altercation

Updated: October 27, 2005, 1:32 AM ET
Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- Xavier point guard Dedrick Finn has been accused of stealing his ex-girlfriend's dog and was suspended for the team's first exhibition game.

Musketeers coach Sean Miller said Wednesday he was disappointed in the senior's behavior.

"He embarrassed our university, our program, his family and himself," Miller said in a statement released by the school.

Finn was arguing with Megan Potter at her Cincinnati home when he shoved her and left with a pug dog, according to a police report.

Finn was arrested and charged with first-degree misdemeanor theft. If convicted, he could be sentenced to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. He is scheduled to appear in court for a pretrial hearing Nov. 28.

"I want to apologize to my teammates, the coaches, my family and the entire Xavier community for the embarrassing incident that occurred early last evening," Finn said in a release Wednesday.

"I have worked hard to position myself to be successful on and off the court and graduate in May. I hope to learn from this and move forward."

Finn's attorney, Tim Deardorff, did not return a phone message seeking comment Wednesday.

Xavier athletic director Dawn Rogers said university officials were evaluating Finn's situation and could not comment on the matter.

The Musketeers play Northern Kentucky on Nov. 5 in their first exhibition game.

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