Houston’s DeJon Jarreau ejected, suspended for biting Cincinnati player

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Houston guard DeJon Jarreau was ejected from a 64-62 loss at Cincinnati on Saturday after referees ruled that he bit Bearcat forward Mamadou Diarra in the leg. On Sunday, Houston announced that Jarreau would be suspended for Thursday’s game against Tulane.

With a little more than six minutes left, Jarreau lost control of the ball while trying to drive, diving for the loose ball and, in the scrum, biting the inside of Diarra’s right thigh:

Jarreau was given a flagrant 2 and was ejected from the game.

After the game, Houston head coach Kelvin Sampson told reporters that he did not believe Jarreau bit Diarra, but on Sunday clarified his remarks.

“In the initial video clip I requested and saw immediately after Saturday’s game at Cincinnati, I did not believe that there was a bite on Keith Williamson,” Sampson said. “After further review from multiple angles, it can clearly be seen that DeJon Jarreau bit Mamoudou Diarra.”

Sampson added that he has reached out to and apologized to the Houston coaching staff.

The video that went viral of this incident was the portion of the clip when Jarreau’s face made contact with the leg of Keith Williams, who is No. 2 on Cincinnati. The announcers on the broadcast completely missed it as well. The bite happened later, as evidenced in the video above.

Jarreau has started 13 games for the Cougrs, averaging 9.8 points, 4.2 boards and 3.8 assists.