On Friday morning, Purdue head coach Matt Painter announced that the suspension of guard Ryan Cline had been extended to six games after the details of his arrest over the summer were made public.
Cline was initially suspended for two exhibitions and Purdue’s season-opener. He’ll now miss three additional regular season games.
“As we’ve said before, our guys are held to a high standard of conduct off the court,” Painter said in a news release. “After some additional meetings and information gathering over the last week, we’ve decided that Ryan will sit out the first six contests of the season for a violation of team rules. We are not going to discuss specifics and will handle other items internally, but feel this is the best course of action for our program and everyone involved.”
Cline certainly earned his six-game suspension. According to the Lafayette Journal & Courier, who obtained an affidavit for probable cause stemming from the arrest, Cline was found passed out at the wheel of his car with the engine revving and his foot on the accelerator. An officer that arrived at the scene said that Cline was unresponsive even after the officer broke the car’s window to gain access. Cline was found to be in possession of less than 30 grams of weed.
Here’s the truly concerning part: This happened at 9:53 a.m. on a Monday morning.
I’m not going to pretend to know all the details of what happened here and I’m not going to judge Painter’s decision-making process without knowing those details.
What I will say is this: I hope that the Purdue program gets Cline any help that he may need.