Monday , Mar , 07 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Paul suspended for Friday’s ACC Tournament game

Winston-Salem, NC (Sports Network) – Wake Forest University announced Monday
that guard Chris Paul has been suspended one game for his behavior during
Sunday’s contest versus North Carolina State.

Paul, a sophomore, will sit out Friday’s Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament
quarterfinal game after he delivered a punch to the groin of Julius Hodge. He
will be eligible to practice with the team and can return to game action on
Saturday if the third-ranked Demon Deacons advance to the semifinals.

“I would like to apologize to Julius Hodge, the NC State team, Wake Forest
fans and my teammates for an incident that I truly regret,” said Paul in a
statement. Sunday night was emotional for me for many reasons and I let my
emotions get the best of me. However, that is no excuse for my actions and I
fully accept and agree with my suspension.”

Wake Forest is seeded second in the ACC Tournament and will play the winner of
Thursday’s game between Florida State and North Carolina State.

Paul, named to the All-ACC First Team, has played in all 61 games during his
two years at the school and has posted averages of 14.9 points, 6.6 assists
and 4.4 rebounds per contest.

“Chris Paul is an excellent representative of our program and he has been for
two years,” said athletic director Ron Wellman in a statement. “However, the
incident last night is not something that Wake Forest condones, and neither
does Chris Paul. It is an incident for which he is extremely sorry. We are
proud of Chris and we are convinced that his future behavior will reflect the
outstanding individual that he is.

“This is not an easy decision to make because of the type of individual we are
dealing with. After consulting with (ACC commissioner) John Swofford, we
believe it is the right thing to do for Chris Paul, Wake Forest and the ACC.”