Friday, January 6, 2017

Ahmed Ismail suspended indefinitely after postgame incident vs. Fairfield

Manhattan center Ahmed Ismail has been suspended indefinitely for his role in a postgame incident following the Jaspers' loss to Fairfield Thursday, per a school official.

A release issued by Manhattan's athletic communications office reads as follows:

"In regards to the postgame incident following the Fairfield game, Manhattan student-athlete Ahmed Ismail has been suspended indefinitely by men's basketball head coach Steve Masiello."

"The incident has not been taken lightly, as we do not tolerate unsportsmanlike conduct by any of our student-athletes or anyone associated with the athletic program."

"Our athletic department strives to provide a rewarding experience for student-athletes, coaches, administrators and alumni. We will conduct our competitions and events in a manner that promotes sportsmanship, camaraderie and a commitment to excellence."

Ismail, a 7-foot-2 junior, had to be restrained by his teammates and the Manhattan coaching staff after an apparent incident in the postgame handshake line following the Jaspers' 97-79 loss to Fairfield Thursday at Draddy Gymnasium, a game that had already seen Masiello ejected early in the second half.

Manhattan returns to action Saturday afternoon, traveling to Quinnipiac in the final game before opening a three-game homestand Tuesday. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m.

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