Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Stanford tree suspended for rest of postseason
ESPN.com news services
Tommy Leep, the student who serves as the Stanford tree mascot during basketball games, told ESPN Radio's Doug Gottlieb and Jeff Rickard that he has been suspended for the remainder of postseason play and will not travel with the team.
On Monday night, Leep was ejected by game officials in Denver for dancing in an un-designated area during the Stanford women's NCAA Tournament game against Florida State. Initially it was thought that Leep had been ejected for not leaving the court at halftime in a timely manner.
Back in February, fifth-year senior Erin Lashnits, who dressed as the Stanford tree prior to Leep, was stripped of her duties after her blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.157 during a men's basketball game at the University of California, Berkeley. For the purposes of driving a vehicle in California, legally drunk is .08.
The Stanford women play Oklahoma on Saturday in the Sweet 16 in the San Antonio regional. The men's season is over.