Felder Suspended From Gamecock Men's Basketball Team
University of South Carolina head men’s basketball coach Frank Martin announced on Wednesday that sophomore guard Rakym Felder has been suspended indefinitely from the men’s basketball program and 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.”
According to the incident report from the Columbia Police Department, Felder spit on a women which "at least partially precipitated the fight between various unknown parties."
The incident occurred June 30 just before 3 a.m. on the 800 block of Harden Street.
The athlete has been charged with simple assault, assault and battery and public disorderly conduct.
Felder released a statement through his attorney, Neal M. Lourie of the Lourie Law Firm.
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. 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."
According to Rakym’s attorney, Neal M. Lourie, “Rakym is not a bad kid. He has some personal issues that he cannot fix alone and requires professional help. Once these personal problems are addressed, I believe Rakym will succeed in the classroom, on the court, and in his life after basketball.”