Tuesday , Feb , 17 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

St. John’s does not lift suspension on two players

Jamaica, NY (Sports Network) – St. John’s has decided to continue the
suspension of Lamont Hamilton and Mohammed Diakite through the end of the

The two players were suspended from the men’s basketball program as a result
of the rape allegations against them in Pittsburgh on February 4.

The school announced Tuesday that the status of these two players will be
reviewed at the end of the semester.

Senior Grady Reynolds, having been involved in a previous disciplinary matter,
was expelled for this incident, while leading scorer Elijah Ingram and senior
Abraham Keita are also no longer with the program.

Meanwhile, the alleged victim, Sherri Ann Urbanek-Bach, 38, of Astoria N.Y.,
was charged with making fictitious reports to police as well as attempted
extortion and prostitution.

Pittsburgh police are investigating an incident which took place in the Westin
Convention Center Hotel. The group of St. John’s players met Urbanek-Bach
at an adult nightclub in McKees Rocks, according to a statement from Commander
Maurita Bryant.

The incident came after Pittsburgh dominated St. John’s, 71-51, at the
Petersen Events Center.