Ba Humbug: Center suspended for 1 1/2 games

"Let's deal with the problem and let's not crucify anybody on a one-time mistake." -- MSU head coach Tom Izzo commenting on the incident between Izzone member Bobby Brock and Michigan reserve center Amadou Ba.

EAST LANSING - The Big Ten today issued a press release on its findings regarding the incident between Michigan reserve center Amadou Ba and a MSU student identified as Bobby Brock, prior to the Michigan State's 91-70 win over Michigan in East Lansing.

The league has accepted Michigan's decision to suspend the center for 1 1/2 games. In concert with the decision, Brock, reportedly a member of "the Izzone", will not be allowed to attend for 1 1/2 games as well.

The league office concluded their findings by stating "The Big Ten Conference considers this matter concluded and will have no further comment."

Ba was forced to sit out the Illinois game and will not be allowed to enter Michigan's next contest until halftime.

Michigan fans sported signs that said "Free Ba" at the Michigan-Illinois tilt won by the UM.

Ba may not be out of hot water. Ingham county prosectors have received police reports of the incident and could decide to press assault and other charges on the UM backup.

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo urged restraint by all parties, calling Brock a "good kid" and credited Ba for protecting him from the on rushing UM student section in Michigan's earlier win in Ann Arbor.

The kid made a mistake," Izzo told the State News regarding Brock. "I've never taken a mistake on a kid that's a good kid and thrown him to the wolves. I would hope that we're an institution that understands that there was a problem.

"Let's deal with the problem and let's not crucify anybody on a one-time mistake."

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