Shaq Dismissed From Auburn Basketball Program

Sophomore Shaq Johnson has been dismissed from the Auburn basketball team for a violation of team rules.

Auburn, Ala.--In what has become an all-too-familiar pattern for Coach Tony Barbee and the men's basketball program, on Thursday he announced that sophomore guard Shaquille Johnson has been dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules.

"We hold our student-athletes to a high standard at Auburn University in the way that they conduct themselves off the court," Barbee said. "I am very disappointed in Shaq's choices and actions, and they won't be tolerated. This decision is not one that I take lightly, but it is in the best interest of both the program and the student-athlete."

Johnson was arrested at 11:54 Wednesday night following a traffic stop and charged with Second Degree Possession of Marijuana. His bond was set at $500.

Expected to play a key role as a sophomore for the Tigers, Johnson played played in all 32 games in 2012-13, starting 21. He averaged 18.1 minutes per contest and scored 6.2 points per game in SEC play.

Johnson becomes the eighth player that has been dismissed or left the Auburn program in the last three seasons and the fourth from last year's recruiting class alone joining Shareif Adamu, Brian  Greene and Jordan Price. Also no longer with the program are 2011 signees Cedrick McAfee, Bernard Morena and Willy Kouassi. Morena and Kouassi transferred out of the program while McAfee was dismissed for a violation of team rules along with Josh Langford following the 2012 season.

Auburn will play two exhibition games in the Bahamas in August. The Tigers will face the Real Deal Shockers at 9 p.m. on Aug. 6 and the Bahamas All Stars at 7 p.m. on Aug. 8.

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