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Not to mention, once they got into the off-season, a player faced legal issues as well.
Remember the altercations that involved Louisville guard Preston Knowles on May 23?
Knowles was accused of punching his girlfriends step father twice in the face.
He claimed it was self-defense, because earlier that night, Knowles and his girlfriend got into a heated argument. As things started to get out of control, he did what a father was supposed to do, and that's step up for his child.
However, in the process, Knowles allegedly struck the stepfather twice in the face.
It was called a misdemeanor assault, on the account of the minor injuries that occurred to stepfather. No one was arrested or held captive.
But this story rubbed Louisville officials the wrong way. There student-athletes are suppose to stay composed both on and off the court. Every action that is made should be a positive one because you're representing the University of Louisville.
So you knew some kind of punishment was coming on the behalf of Knowles actions.
Well tonight, according to the Courier-Journal, Rick Pitino has issued a two-game suspension to his senior guard Knowles.
Before being able to rejoin the team, Knowles will have to serve his two-game suspension, possibly the opener against Butler, and complete two-weeks of community service.
By the way, Knowles will be absent in exhibition games. I presume, since it was self-defense and no charges were filed, he got the slighter penalty from Pitino.
Either way it goes, the Cardinals are willing to accept his mistake in hopes that he will not do it again.
Louisville will need to use Knowles on the court next season. With such a depleted backcourt, they'll need contributions from a player with experience.