Today, news broke that Rakym Felder has been suspended indefinitely from the University of South Carolina Basketball team, and will not enroll in classes this fall. According to court documents, he is being charged with misdemeanor assault and battery. Unfortunately, this is not his first brush with the law since joining the Gamecocks.
Frank Martin was quoted, saying that he, “will continue to help Rakym grow as a young man even though basketball is not part of our relationship right now.” Felder has also released a statement through his attorney, apologizing to the University and Gamecock fans.
For Felder, a Sophomore Point Guard seemingly tailor-made to fill, or perhaps overflow, the shoes of freshly-departed-for-the-NBA P.J. Dozier, you’re often subject to more public exposure over the stupid things you do in college. However, a trend of violent behavior is something to be taken very seriously and if there’s a person whose opinion I trust in the realm of character development; it’s Frank Martin.
The basketball implications of this are irrelevant: if he needs help, we hope that he receives the help he needs. If he needs discipline, we hope that he gets the discipline he needs. If he never plays another minute for the Gamecocks, we just hope he comes out of this a better person.