Wednesday , Feb , 11 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

St. John’s takes more action for strip club incident

Jamaica, NY (Sports Network) – St. John’s continued to hand out punishment
following an incident on February 4th in which several players broke
curfew to attend a strip club.

The school announced on Wednesday that it has suspended center Abe Keita for
one year. Meanwhile, guard Elijah Ingram, the team’s leading scorer, withdrew
from the university. The two players were already permanently suspended from
the basketball squad.

Senior forward Grady Reynolds was expelled from the school last week, while
two other players, Lamont Hamilton and Mohammed Diakite, were suspended
from the team, but stayed in school. Forward Tyler Jones faces disciplinary
action from head coach Kevin Clark.

Following the loss to Pittsburgh last Wednesday, the players went to a strip
club and met a 38-year-old woman, who told police she was gang raped by the
players.

However, the alleged victim, Sherri Ann Urbanek-Bach, later said she made up
the story after the players refused to pay her for sex. Urbanek-Bach was later
charged with making fictitious reports as well as attempted extortion and
prostitution.

In 19 games this season, Ingram averaged 13.2 points and 3.7 rebounds per
contest. St. John’s is just 5-15 overall and remains the only Big East team
without a conference victory (0-9).

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