Suspended Indiana players reach out to fans via social media

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Indiana has had a troublesome start to the month of November. Three players have been suspended for the first two regular season games, and since Thursday, a pair of those players have used social media to reach out to the IU faithful and express remorse.

On Nov. 3, it was announced that sophomores Troy Williams and Stanford Robinson would miss four games — two exhibition and two regular season games — after failing drug tests this summer. It was the last thing Tom Crean needed during a taxing week. Those suspensions came days after Devin Davis was struck by a vehicle driven by teammate Emmitt Holt.

On Thursday evening, Williams used his Instagram page to send this message, attached to the Indiana team photo:

“Throughout all the adversity we done went through, we still here and standing. Let’s start the season off right tomorrow family.”

Robinson followed with a message of his own on Friday morning, also from his Instagram page:

“I am always being watched, so every little decision I make is critical. Young ones look up to me. I have to be somebody they can look up too. I’ve made bad decisions but my bad decisions do not define who I am. At the end of the day I’m a regular person but to be playing for Indiana I have to understand it is a privilege to wear the candy stripes and I apologize #Hoosiernation for the embarrassment. But I’m ready to move on from that and be a better Hoosier!”

Williams averaged 7.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game last season. Robinson scored 6.4 points and 2.5 boards a contest during his freshman season. They’ll both be eligible to play on Nov. 20 against SMU.

Indiana, which finished 17-15 (7-11 Big Ten) in 2013-14, begin the new season against Mississippi Valley State on Friday night.