By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
Ravern Johnson has been suspended for Mississippi State’s game at LSU today.
MSU announced Friday that the senior guard will sit out and not travel with the team as punishment for Twitter messages he posted earlier in the week.
Following MSU’s 75-61 loss to Alabama on Wednesday, Johnson tweeted that he understood why players transfer – referring to recent departures Elgin Bailey and Twany Beckham – and criticized Stansbury’s coaching.
He also sent a message critical of fans. Teammate Renardo Sidney retweeted the first message and also took a shot at fans. He was not disciplined and will start today.
Sidney was suspended twice in December: One game for conduct detrimental to the team, and two games for the infamous brawl in Hawaii with Bailey, who left the team shortly thereafter.
Neither Johnson nor Stansbury commented in the school’s press release.
The 6-foot-7 Johnson, who’s second on the team with 17.7 points per game, has now been suspended three times in the past two seasons. He was docked one game last season for conduct detrimental to the team, and he missed this season’s game against Alabama State after failing to comply with the school’s class-attendance policy.
Freshman Jalen Steele (5.2 ppg) could draw his first career start in place of Johnson today.