By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
Mississippi State outfielder Brent Brownlee will be suspended for giving Arkansas fans “the finger” on Sunday, coach John Cohen said.
After catching the final out of MSU’s 5-3 victory in Fayetteville, Ark., Brownlee was captured by television cameras making the gesture at apparent hecklers.
Cohen will announce the length of the suspension today.
“No amount of verbal abuse or threats of physical violence from fans justifies Brent’s actions,” Cohen said in a statement. “Brent is a model student-athlete and made a poor decision with a knee-jerk type of reaction. This type of action by our athletes is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”
Brownlee, a junior from Oxford, had just recently returned to action after missing several games with a stress fracture in his left foot. He’s batting .267 on the season and was 1 for 4 with an RBI in Sunday’s game.
“I apologize for my actions after the game Sunday,” Brownlee said in a statement. “I let my emotions get the most of me in the heat of the moment. Those actions in no way represent me, my team and my university, and I regret letting so many people down.”