The Charlotte 49ers have been dealt a huge blow ahead of a tough, make-or-break stretch of February games. Junior guard DeMario Mayfield has been suspended from the team indefinitely for a violation of team rules, reports The Charlotte Observer’s David Scott.
Unfortunately, Mayfield is no stranger to trouble. You’ll recall that he was arrested for marijuana possession last year and was handed a one-game suspension. Then there’s his two-game suspension at the beginning of the season as he sat out for an unspecified transgression (Chris Braswell missed a single game). However, anything about what he did this time around to merit this latest suspension is pure speculation at this point.
It’s not know which rule (or rules) Mayfield broke to deserve the suspension. It’s also important to note that “indefinitely” could mean any length of time–but given his past two benchings, this one might last a while. Either way, it’s a loss the Niners can ill afford. Mayfield was the team’s leading scorer at 11.5 points per game while averaging 3.6 rebounds. In his latest outing, against George Washington, he led his team with 17 points on 7-14 shooting.
We’ll pass along more information as we receive it in the coming days.
UPDATE: Head coach Alan Major has made his comments on the suspension…
Alan Major: “We are disappointed in the decisions that DeMario has made which has led to the suspension." #charlotte49ers
— David Scott (@davidscott14) January 30, 2013