Washington State head coach Ken Bone has handed down the punishment for point guard Reggie Moore's marijuana arrest, opting to suspend Moore indefinitely. The news came down just hours before Moore and the Cougars were to take the floor against the Stanford Cardinals, looking to right the ship after a tough loss to the Cal Bears.
ESPN's Diamond Leung, Bone made the decision after learning more about the incident.
Moore has played in three games since his arrest, and Washington State coach Ken Bone is making his decision now after gathering information and confirming details of the incident, according to the spokesperson. The situation will be reevaluated again next week.
I was disappointed after learning about the arrest and I still am. Bone felt the need to do something after gathering the facts, and I'm glad he did. Unfortunately, it's going to hurt the Cougs on the court in the meantime.
Washington State and Stanford tip-off at 5 p.m. tonight.
Update: Vince has his post and thoughts.
If you want my thoughts on the matter, I believe - and that's all it is, a belief borne of my reading of the situation - Bone is under intense pressure here. I'm not sure this was his decision, because as far as I can tell, nothing has changed since Dec. 11, when Moore's at the time unoccupied dorm room was searched. Yes, according to the charges, there was some marijuana and a pipe found on his side of the room. But we've known that for a couple weeks, Bone for even longer. Today Moore is suspended. Something doesn't add up for me. Whether Moore should or shouldn't have been suspended is immaterial in a way. It's the timing that's odd.
I agree with him completely. It's been just over a month now and it seems like something else is at play. It could be with Moore, there could be backlash, we don't know. But the timing, as Vince said, is odd.