Oklahoma State kicks freshman forward off team

Updated: October 6, 2006, 9:46 PM ET
Associated Press

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Oklahoma State basketball coach Sean Sutton dismissed freshman forward Gary Flowers from the team Friday for a violation of team rules.

A three-paragraph release from Oklahoma State didn't specify what Flowers' violation was, but the 6-foot-8 forward from Dallas has had at least two brushes with the law in recent weeks.

Sutton suspended Flowers, 20, indefinitely Sept. 13 after OSU police arrested Flowers for possession of marijuana. Flowers was charged a day later.

According to Payne County court records, Flowers also was charged Sept. 29 with driving without a license for an offense authorities said occurred Sept. 18.

Court records show Flowers has an Oct. 16 hearing set in both misdemeanor cases.

Sutton said he and his staff decided to dismiss Flowers "based on the best interests of the OSU basketball program. I like Gary as a person and I hope that he has another opportunity to play college basketball.

"I also hope that Gary will take advantage of that opportunity and do the right things, both on and off the court. We wish Gary continued success in the future," Sutton said.

Flowers signed with Oklahoma State in November 2005. He was a teammate of current Oklahoma State guard Byron Eaton at Dallas Lincoln High School and later played one season at Genesis One Christian Academy in Mendenhall, Miss.


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