To My Vanderbilt Family,Last season Johnson led the Commodores in minutes played per game averaging almost 32. Johnson led the Commodores in scoring (13.5 ppg), assists (119), and steals (34).
As we get closer to starting the new school year, I feel it is my responsibility to inform everyone of some disappointing news. I have been suspended as a student from Vanderbilt University for one year for a mistake I made, the result of using some very poor judgement. That also means I will not be on the basketball team this upcoming season.
It hurts me when I realize the consequences of my action, which happened near the end of the last school year. It was a violation of the good conduct expected of all Vanderbilt students. I take full responsibility and now must begin working to regain the trust and respect of my school, the student body, our fans and especially my coaches and friends on the team. I understand this will take time.
I have let down a lot of people including my own family, Coach Stallings and my teammates. I plan to do everything I can to return to Vanderbilt next year.
While I won't be on the basketball court, I will be the team's biggest fan. I look forward to fulfilling my obligations and regaining my status as a student at this great school.
Vanderbilt also released some more bad news to Commodore hoops fans. Sharpshooting guard Kevin Bright, who averaged over 40 percent from 3-point range and almost seven points a game, has decided to play basketball professionally in Germany. He will forego his final three seasons at Vandy in order to take advantage of this opportunity. The move means that he can never play college basketball again.
According to Vandy officials, Bright recently visited his family in Germany and found that his mother is ill. He wants to stay closer to her for that reason.
Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings, whose job just got a lot harder, released a statement saying he looked forward to the upcoming challenges.
"While the timing of this is very unfortunate, we understand Kevin's desire to be present for his family in this time of need," said Stallings. "I do, however, look forward to working with this year's team and overcoming these recent setbacks."