Columbia, SC (WLTX) - University of South Carolina head men’s basketball coach Frank Martin has suspended guard Rakym Felder indefinitely following the player's most recent arrest.
The coach announced his decision Wednesday afternoon.
Rakym Felder, a sophomore, will not be attending classes at the University this fall. Felder has been suspended since June 30.
“Due to some unfortunate decisions by Rakym, he has been suspended indefinitely from our program,” Martin said. “I will continue to help Rakym grow as a young man even though basketball is not part of our relationship right now.”
Martin didn't address what the decisions were, but online records show Felder was arrested on July 13 on a charge of assault and battery third degree. He'd also been arrested last October on charges after a fight in Columbia's Five Points.
Felder released the following statement through his attorney, Neal Lourie.
"I'm very sorry for my recent behavior that led to my arrest and school suspension. I take full responsibility for my actions and make no excuses for my conduct," he said. "I apologize to the entire University of South Carolina family including our loyal fans, President Pastides, Board of Trustees, Athletic Director Ray Tanner, Coach Martin, and his staff, and my teammates. I know I have let you down and I will have to work hard to regain your trust."
Lourie said Felder is not a "bad kid" and said he has some personal issues that he can't fix alone and that require professional help.
"Once these personal problems are addressed, I believe Rakyn will succeed in the classroom, on the court, and in his life after basketball."
Felder played in 36 games last year, averaging 5.6 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 14.6 minutes per game.
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