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St. John's suspends senior center Spears

NEW YORK -- Senior center Aaron Spears was suspended
Wednesday from the St. John's basketball team for a violation of
team rules.

The 6-foot-10 Spears, who was averaging 2.8 points and 3.2
rebounds for the Red Storm (6-3) this season, will not practice
with the team or compete in any games during the suspension, coach
Norm Roberts said.

"Playing basketball at St. John's University is a privilege,"
said Roberts, who did not disclose the violation. "We have
expectations for our basketball student-athletes, and there are
consequences for when those expectations are not met. That being
said, we do anticipate Aaron's return to the team after an
appropriate amount of time."

St. John's hosts New Jersey Tech on Thursday night.