FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Senior forward Dustin Thomas has been kicked off the Razorback Men's Basketball team, according to the University of Arkansas.
Coach Mike Anderson released the following statement Monday (March 5):
"Senior forward Dustin Thomas has been dismissed from the team effective immediately for a violation of team rules. It is a privilege to represent the UA as a student-athlete. We will continue to hold the student-athletes in our program to a high standard on and off the court.”
Fayetteville police cited Thomas on Feb. 9 for drug possession after an officer found Thomas outside his apartment complex with a small amount of unburnt marijuana, according to a field report. Police released dash cam footage of the citation Monday.
Thomas played in every game after his citation, including a Feb. 10 win against Vanderbilt.
A university spokesman didn't immediately responded to request for comment Monday afternoon.
Thomas, who received 12 months probation for misdemeanor forgery charges in 2015, was also suspended to start the 2017-18 season for "a violation of team rules."
The announcement comes just days before the Razorbacks' basketball team will be participating in the SEC tournament as the No.6 seed.
Thomas, a senior, started in 17 of the 26 games that he played in this season. He averaged just 5.0 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.