Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest: Illini Suspend Paul after Arrest in France

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest: Illini Suspend Paul after Arrest in France

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Illini suspend forward Paul after arrest in France

Illinois forward Darius Paul has been suspended following his arrest during a team trip to France.

Coach John Groce said Saturday that Paul is suspended "indefinitely" for violating team rules. Groce said Paul was being sent home and his status with the team will be evaluated after the Illini return to Champaign this week.

WCIA-TV in Champaign, Ill., reported the 6-foot-8 junior was arrested just before 5 a.m. Friday in Deauville, France, after police received multiple reports that Paul was damaging vehicles and breaking windows. Paul was not competing during the tour because of an injury. Paul also was suspended in 2014 for what Groce called "multiple transgressions." He later pleaded guilty to underage drinking.

Meanwhile, the Illini improved to 2-1 on their four-game trip with a 95-73 victory over Bretigny Select. Leron Black led five Illini in double figures with 15 points. He also had a team-high 10 rebounds.

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