Things have gone from bad to worse for Stanford Cardinal sophomore forward Brook Lopez. Earlier this month, Lopez was ruled academically ineligible for the fall quarter. Now, the Cardinal have suspended Lopez indefinitely for a violation of team rules.
Lopez, a 7’0″ power forward, averaged 12.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game last season. Together with his twin brother Robin, they formed one of the best frontcourt tandems in the Pac-10.
If Lopez can get his grades in order, he will be eligible to play for the Cardinal after their December final exams.
I have never understood how these student athletes can let their grades slip so far that they become academically ineligible. They all understand the grade requirements, they are provided tutors and study sessions to help while on the road, and many kids insist on skipping class.
And now, to add insult to injury, Lopez broke a team rule and is suspended. So now Lopez is guilty of doing two stupid things: skipping class and breaking team rules. If he doesn’t shape up quickly, his days in Palo Alto could be numbered.
What a shame…
UPDATED 12/17: Brook Lopez was cleared to play with the Cardinals and should be in the lineup against Santa Clara on Wednesday.
Athletes who attend prestigious academic institutions are supposed to be smart. With a good chunk of his sophomore season down the tubes, we’ll now see exactly how smart Lopez is.
Has he learned his lesson from the suspension? Is he going to continue focusing on his studies, or is he going to coast the rest of the season as he awaits the NBA draft next summer?
Only time will tell…