Monday , Mar , 13 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Oregon suspends PG Brooks for first game next season

Eugene, OR (Sports Network) – Oregon suspended point guard Aaron Brooks for
two games next season for striking Washington’s Ryan Appleby in the face with
his forearm and elbow during last week’s Pac-10 Tournament.

Brooks will miss the 2006-07 regular-season opener and not play in the Ducks’
game against Washington, scheduled for January. 25, 2007 in Seattle.

It was midway through the first half of an 84-73 win over the Huskies last
Thursday in the conference quarterfinals when Brooks hit Appleby. Brooks was
ejected and Pac-10 officials then ruled that Brooks committed an act of

Brooks was suspended from Oregon’s semifinal game on Friday, which the Ducks
lost to California, 91-87, in double-overtime.

“This action by Oregon is commendable and appropriate given the vicious nature
of Aaron Brooks’ act, which caused a very serious injury to his opponent,”
Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen said. “It underscores that unsportsmanlike acts
during the playing of a contest are not acceptable in the Pac-10, and will not
be condoned.”

Brooks wrote letters of apology to Appleby and Washington coach Lorenzo Romar
during the second half of last Thursday’s game, and they were delivered to the
Husky locker room. Brooks also publicly apologized for his actions during news
conferences after games at the tournament.

“Aaron Brooks’ actions are not indicative of what is expected of the student-
athletes who represent the University of Oregon,” said Oregon athletic
director Bill Moos. “We pride ourselves on being known for good sportsmanship
and proper demeanor on and off the field of competition. I feel that Aaron’s
suspensions will send a clear message to him and others that this type of
behavior will not be tolerated.”

Brooks averaged 10.8 points and 4.4 assists per game as a junior last season.

The Ducks finished the season with a losing record at 15-18 and were not
eligible for a postseason tournament.