Seton Hall: Keon Lawrence to be Activated Dec. 19

Posted: December 3, 2009 in Big East, Player Updates
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Seton Hall announced that they will activate Keon Lawrence from his suspension on December 19. His first eligible game will come against the Temple University Owls after the successful completion of the academic semester.  Lawrence had been suspended indefinitely by the Seton Hall for his involvement in a car accident on the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey on November 9.  Law School Dean, Patrick E. Hobbs, who is overseeing the Department of Athletics this year, had this to say regarding the issue:

“Mr. Lawrence is also subject to an external legal process, which will determine the outcome of the motor vehicle citation he received.  Athletics Director Joe Quinlan and I have decided to allow Mr. Lawrence to return to the men’s basketball team.  Upon the conclusion of the external legal process, the University will decide whether any additional sanction is required.”

There is not too much to say about this.  Keon Lawrence was allegedly under the influence and driving with a suspended license at the time of the accident.  It seems like sitting out less than a month and a half is a small punishment for a terrible decision made by Lawrence, but it is not surprising.  From Reggie Redding’s semester ban for marijuana abuse at Villavova, or the off the court problems Joe Mazzula at West Virginia has had, or any other example in the BIG EAST or any other conference for that matter are not being met with harsh punishments.  Granted not all of these things are on the same level, but in each case the student in question blatantly broke the law.  In this case Seton Hall is reinstating Lawrence until the legal process gives them reason not to.

Lawrence is supposed to be a major part of Seton Hall’s moving this year.  The transfer is supposed to help the Pirates become a top half team in the BIG EAST.  So his return to the lineup a couple games before the BIG EAST season gets underway will really help the Pirates maintain their top half of the league hopes.


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