Monday morning the University of Kansas announced the “indefinite” suspensions of men’s basketball player Tyshawn Taylor and women’s basketball player Marisha Brown in separate press releases sent out to the media less than an hour apart.
Of Taylor’s suspension, Kansas men’s Coach Bill Self said in an official KU statement:
“Although we are disappointed in Tyshawn, he will remain a member of our team and practice with our team until he is reinstated for competition.”
Of Brown’s suspension, Kansas women’s coach Bonnie Henrickson said in an official KU statement:
“Marisha will remain a member of our team and continue to practice until she is reinstated for competition, however, we are very disappointed in her.”
Is the Kansas athletic department, and Self and Henrickson, trying to tell us something?
Later Monday night, ESPN’s Holly Rowe reported what Taylor told her about the suspension.
“I said, ‘Tyshawn what did you do?’
“He said, ‘I was a bad kid.’
“I said, ‘how long will the suspension be?’
“He said, ‘It’s not anything major.”
True to his word, Taylor look less than worried on the bench during Monday’s game against Oklahoma State.
So what happened?
From two Kansas media sources, I was told this morning that Taylor and Brown were allegedly discovered playing a little unauthorized 1-on-1 inside Allen Fieldhouse.
You can take that any way you’d like.
When Title IX advocates first proposed the concept of gender equity in intercollegiate athletics, somehow I think this isn’t what they had in mind.