Friday, August 26, 2011
D.J. Gardner kicked off Mississippi State
ESPN.com news services
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State freshman D.J. Gardner has been dismissed by coach Rick Stansbury for "repeated actions deemed detrimental to the team."
Gardner, a 6-foot-7 guard from Okolona, Miss., was expected to be redshirted this season. The freshman apparently wasn't happy with that decision, posting profanity-laced remarks on his Twitter account, according to The Clarion-Ledger.
Gardner's Twitter account has since been deleted.
Gardner is the fourth Bulldogs player to leave the program in nine months -- joining Twany Beckham, John Riek and Elgin Bailey.
Stansbury had banned his players from using the social messaging website last season after Ravern Johnson used Twitter to question his role on the team.
The ban was lifted after the season. Stansbury hasn't said if it will return.
Johnson, the team's leading scorer, was suspended for two games in February. The offending tweet came after a Mississippi State loss and also raised eyebrows because it was retweeted by teammate Renardo Sidney.
Angela Gardner said her son had been lied to earlier this year when, as a recruit, he was told he would see significant playing time, The Clarion-Ledger reported.
"I was told no decision would be made until November about D.J. being redshirted," Angela Gardner told The Clarion-Ledger. "Imagine my surprise when I saw it come across Channel 9 news."
D.J. Gardner's mother told the newspaper he approached his coaches about redshirting his freshman year after being told he would be part of a three-player rotation at the guard position.
"It's like they sold him a dream," she said.
But Angela Gardner said she couldn't defend the Twitter postings.
"I don't uphold my kid when he is wrong," she said. "I don't like the tweets. It's not acceptable to me but he was upset."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.