Howell suspended indefinitely following arrest

Updated: August 12, 2003, 7:28 PM ET

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina center Rolando Howell has been suspended from the basketball team indefinitely following his arrest on a criminal domestic violence charge, coach Dave Odom said Tuesday.

The rising senior averaged 10 points and 6.3 rebounds last season and was expected to be a key player for the Gamecocks this season.

Now he won't participate in any team-related activities until the matter is cleared up, Odom said in a statement.

"Rolando has some legal and personal issues he needs to work through during this time," Odom said.

Howell was arrested Saturday at an apartment complex where he lives with his girlfriend and 2-year-old son.

An incident report said Howell's girlfriend was crying and had a red mark on the left side of her neck. She told deputies she had an argument with Howell that turned physical with Howell choking her, pulling her hair and hitting her in the face, according to the incident report.

Howell also was suspended in 2000 for seven games for his part in a money-order scam.

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