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Jelan Kendrick Reportedly Suspended for Threatening Teammate

Oct 26, 2010 – 7:00 PM
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Jelan Kendrick, an incoming McDonald's All-American freshman at Memphis, is serving an indefinite suspension while the school looks into an allegation that he threatened a teammate, according to an online report.

Daren Darby, Kendrick's former AAU coach, told CBSSports.com that the suspension stems from an issue Kendrick had with another teammate. The report also cited a separate anonymous source that confirmed the threat and said that Kendrick had been involved in several fights already at Memphis.

Memphis coach Josh Pastner told the Associated Press that Kendrick left the team on a "personal matter" and that the school will "revisit the situation" when Kendrick returns to the Tigers. However, Darby indicated in the CBSSports report that several schools have inquired about a possible transfer.

Kendrick first left the team Oct. 22 for what was deemed "family issues." He has missed five consecutive practices.

He did not travel to the Bahamas with the team on a preseason trip this August, with what was also deemed a "personal matter" by the school. The CBSSports.com report said Pastner did not allow Kendrick to travel because of a fight with a teammate.

Kendrick, a 6-foot-6, 185-pound small forward, is one of three five-star recruits (according to Scout.com) among Memphis' seven-man recruiting class, which was considered one of the nation's best.

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