Brooks to be Suspended for Season Opener

EUGENE, Ore. — The University of Oregon has suspended men's basketball point guard Aaron Brooks for the 2006-07 regular season opener and for the Washington game Jan. 25, 2007, in Seattle, following his actions during last week's Pac-10 tournament, Oregon director of athletics Bill Moos announced Monday.

Brooks was ejected from last Thursday's quarterfinal game against the Huskies, an 84-73 Oregon victory, for committing a flagrant foul on Washington's Ryan Appleby. Pac-10 officials then ruled that Brooks committed an act of fighting when he struck Appleby in the face with his forearm, and suspended Brooks from Oregon's semifinal game on Friday, which the Ducks lost to California 91-87 in double-overtime.

"Aaron Brooks' actions are not indicative of what is expected of the student-athletes who represent the University of Oregon," said Moos. "We pride ourselves on being known for good sportsmanship and proper demeanor on and off the field of competition. I feel that Aaron's suspensions will send a clear message to him and others that this type of behavior will not be tolerated."

"I fully support Bill Moos' decision," said Oregon coach Ernie Kent. "It was an out-of-character incident and we all feel very badly about it."

Brooks, a graduate of Seattle's Franklin High School, wrote letters of apology to Appleby and Washington coach Lorenzo Romar during the second half of last Thursday's game and had them delivered to the Husky locker room. Brooks also publicly apologized for his actions in post-game media interviews at the Staples Center immediately following the game.

Brooks averaged 10.8 points and 4.4 assists per game as a junior in 2005-06.

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