Dedric Lawson suspended by Kansas following ‘altercation’ in practice

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Dedric Lawson has been suspended for the Kansas basketball team following an “altercation” in practice, head coach Bill Self said.

Lawson has not been kicked off of the team, but the 6-foot-9 Memphis transfer, who will be sitting out the 2017-18 season as a redshirt, will not be traveling with the Jayhawks to Italy in August.

“I’ve suspended Dedric temporarily because of an incident in practice,” KU coach Bill Self said, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal, on Sunday. “An altercation occurred and he didn’t handle it well, and that’s certainly the case with that, (why) I made that decision.”

Lawson averaged 19.2 points and 9.9 boards for Memphis last season, but he and his brother, K.J., opted to transfer out of the program due to his family’s inability to get along with head coach Tubby Smith. Earlier this offseason, K.J. was caught on camera cursing out Smith. We discussed the soap opera that is the Lawson family in April on the CBT Podcast.