Vanderbilt University guard Kedren Johnson suspended - WKRN News 2

Vanderbilt University guard Kedren Johnson suspended

Posted: Updated: July 29, 2013 03:43 PM CDT
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Vanderbilt University guard Kedren Johnson has been suspended from the school and subsequently the school's basketball team for one year.

The team's leading scorer released the following statement Monday:

To My Vanderbilt Family,

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 judgment. 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.

Kedren Johnson

The university has not commented on the matter.

Johnson's suspension comes on the same day it was announced that guard Kevin Bright won't be returning for his final three seasons with the Commodores.

Citing personal reasons, Bright signed with the Fraport Skyliners in Frankfort, Germany.

"About a week ago, Kevin went home to attend to his mother, who was ill," Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings said in a release Monday. "Subsequently, he decided that the best thing for he and his family was to sign a professional contract so he could be near her. While the timing of this is very unfortunate, we understand Kevin's desire to be present for his family in this time of need.

Bright averaged 6.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last season.

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