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February 17, 2009Kansas State head basketball coach Frank Martin has announced that junior point guard Denis Clemente will be suspended for tonight's contest against North Carolina Central following his actions late in the game last Saturday against Kansas.
Clemente committed a fighting act as defined by Section 4 of the NCAA Basketball Rules and must serve a suspension for the next contest.
"Denis is a very passionate and competitive young man who knows he made a mistake," Martin said. "His actions on Saturday are not acceptable and he has to do a better job of maintaining his composure. Denis is the leader of this basketball team and we are 100-percent supportive of him during this time."
"I am very sorry for my actions on Saturday," Clemente added. "I understand that I let my emotions get the best of me and, more importantly, I let my team down."
"The Conference accepts this action and I commend Coach Martin for taking the initiative and implementing action that demonstrates his continued commitment to conduct his program with sportsmanship," said Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe. "I also appreciate Mr. Clemente's acknowledgement of his mistake."