Redbirds

ISU guard Bryant faces marijuana charge, dismissed from team

2013-06-24T23:25:00Z 2013-06-25T00:00:09Z ISU guard Bryant faces marijuana charge, dismissed from teamBy Randy Kindred | rkindred@pantagraph.com pantagraph.com

NORMAL — Illinois State’s basketball team now will have no returning starters when the Redbirds hit the court next season.

Head coach Dan Muller announced Monday that senior guard Bryant Allen has been dismissed from the team for violating team rules.

According to Illinois State University police, Allen was stopped at 3:12 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of School and Willow streets and booked into McLean County Jail at 3:41 a.m. He was charged with possession of marijuana and delivery, driving on a suspended license and disregarding a stop sign.

“Bryant has violated our team rules and I am very disappointed in him,” Muller said. “I will continue to try to help and encourage Bryant to finish his degree, but it will not be as a Redbird student-athlete.”

Allen averaged 8.6 points and 1.8 rebounds last season, starting 30 of the 32 games he played.

He played in 24 games as a sophomore after transferring from Minnesota, originally to play wide receiver on the ISU football team. Instead, he averaged 8.0 points, 1.4 rebounds and 21.5 minutes per game in basketball in 2011-12.

His dismissal comes after seniors Jackie Carmichael, Tyler Brown and John Wilkins graduated and starting point guard Johnny Hill transferred from last year’s starting five.

Allen underwent ankle surgery last month and was scheduled to return to the court in mid-July.

The 6-foot, 180-pounder shot 31 percent from 3-point territory last season (47 of 152) and made 74 percent of his free throws (23 of 31).

His departure means only sophomore guards Kaza Keane and Nick Zeisloft return as scholarship players from last year’s 18-15 team.

Jon Ekey, Zeke Upshaw and Jordan Threloff joined Hill as transfers since the end of last season.

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(18) Comments

  1. penwa
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    penwa - June 30, 2013 6:35 am
    so...when someone does something that's illegal, they should be able to point the finger at someone else's missteps and thereby nullify their own? Got it...
  2. ACE0111
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    ACE0111 - June 27, 2013 10:25 pm
    Amazing how some of you chuckleheads take this story and make it a platform to push your legalize drugs agenda. Get out of the sports section and go post your comments in the lifestyles section or something. This sucks bad for the birds next year, I can only hope that some of the new faces (I don't know anything about any of them) hit the ground running and get us some wins!!! I doubt this was a decision Muller made solo, I am sure the new university president had a say in it too. If this is a felony, the ncaa would've suspended him for most of the season anyway. Best wishes to Bryant, I loved the kids game. He will be missed, but as tough of a decision as this had to be, it was the right thing to do.
  3. thoughts a million
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    thoughts a million - June 26, 2013 3:17 pm
    Although I don't condone the things you listed above, they are not felonies.
  4. mestizo
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    mestizo - June 25, 2013 11:51 pm
    Caffeine is a drug. Ban coffee. Outlaw Coca Cola and energy drinks. Make criminals out of all coffee drinkers now!
  5. Chadwick Snow
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    Chadwick Snow - June 25, 2013 7:39 pm
    Different coaches, different standards. Coaches cannot be compelled to keep players that they can no longer work with.
  6. Hanie
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    Hanie - June 25, 2013 7:11 pm
    The fact that they kicked him off the team for this seems ridiculous to me. I'm glad they're keeping up with the team rules, but it should be the same across all the sports. The football team has consistently been a problem in the ISU student community. They've gotten countless noise complaints and drinking/party tickets, and were told that they would never be allowed to live at the apartment complex they were causing problems (such as jumping on top of cars) at. But did they get kicked off the team? Nope, the football department paid off the leasing company so that they were able to get the players out of trouble. Why should ISU hold one sport's athletes to such higher standards than another? It is a shame and a disgrace to the team and the university to do so, and I cannot see them having a successful season after losing so many players. Bryant is a joy to watch on the court, as well as an extremely nice and driven young man. I wish him all the best and I know that he will move on to bigger and better things!!
  7. catlbyer16
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    catlbyer16 - June 25, 2013 3:31 pm
    Okay then he got suspended from the team for the license and stop sign violation. Feel better now?
  8. cdequaker
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    cdequaker - June 25, 2013 2:45 pm
    Thanks for being the voice of reason. He should be punished for driving on a suspended license and running a stop sign. Those are things that present a danger to the public. Possession and "delivery" of marijuana, not so much. "Casual deliver", under Illinois law, is anything less than 10 grams; so he could have been taking a joint to a friend's house. Some day we'll watch all the old movies about how people used to be put in jail for smoking marijuana the same way we watch those about illegal liquor bootlegging that occurred years ago--with a sense of nostalgia and wonder. I just hope we remember how many lives are being ruined by this stupid, stupid law.
  9. digitalB
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    digitalB - June 25, 2013 1:03 pm
    It's well past time to legalize cannabis for everyone. Alcohol is culturally a European intoxicant and, SHOCK, it's the only one that is legal in our country. The main consumers of alcohol in the world are Europe and Russia.

    Cannabis is much milder and safer. People don't beat their kids or wife after having too much pot. They don't carreen into oncoming traffic. They don't throw up all over the sidewalk. I could go on.

    I'm not saying this young man shouldn't be punished for breaking the rules. I'm saying the rules need to be changed.
  10. Chas52
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    Chas52 - June 25, 2013 11:11 am
    Way to focus on the important things!
  11. WalterK
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    WalterK - June 25, 2013 10:45 am
    So sad. Hopefully, other kids can take this as an example, and make better choices. Mr. Allen now has a choice. Pick himself up, dust himself off, finish his education, and continue to be a valued member of society. I would hate to see this ruin him, his goals, and his future.

    Regardless of your personal beliefs, pot is still illegal. Delivery is still a felony (I believe). Felonies mean serious trouble. So some stupid mistakes you cannot recover from so easily.
  12. Chadwick Snow
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    Chadwick Snow - June 25, 2013 10:09 am
    This is a different standard for student athlete conduct. That's the coach's prerogative.
  13. frustratedmom
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    frustratedmom - June 25, 2013 9:28 am
    Kudos to Coach Muller! This is truly disappointing, as Bryant has always been a player who brought a spark to the court and was great fun to watch as he was an amazing defender. Coach is making tough decisions that don't do him any favors in pulling together a team. I give him high praise for establishing standards and holding all players accountable.
  14. rnner65
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    rnner65 - June 25, 2013 9:15 am
    Truly disappointing. I really liked--and still like--Bryant Allen. I hope he can pull it together. Based upon what I have seen, he has much to offer the world if he can get his act together. Very sad.
  15. duh12345
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    duh12345 - June 24, 2013 9:27 pm
    I applaud Coach Muller for maintaining the integrity of his basketball team's program with this disappointing, yet just decision.
  16. Ncomega93
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    Ncomega93 - June 24, 2013 6:54 pm
    He cut his hair before the last home game of the season.
  17. BigBrother
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    BigBrother - June 24, 2013 6:52 pm
    Kudos for head coach Dan Muller !!!!!!! ISU should hold ALL student athletes on scholarships to a high standard of conduct. Criminal activity of any kind should not be tolerated. The Illinois tax payers that support the University, the fans and alumni that support the athletic programs and the students attending ISU deserve programs with integrity. Including student athletes of high caliber. Especially when a student athlete is given the benefits of a taxpayer , alumni and student financed education. Because of the high level of integrity Coach Muller has shown we can all wear our red and white proudly !!
  18. otis1949
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    otis1949 - June 24, 2013 6:29 pm
    that piece of carpet on his head looks stupld don't you agree
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