TUCSON – The season opener for the University of Arizona Men’s Basketball team was missing a key player from its roster on Wednesday, November 7th.
Forward Ira Lee was suspended one game after he violated the University of Arizona’s student code of conduct and Arizona Athletics’ community standards.
Lee was arrested, cited, and released back in August for driving under the influence.
Beverly Mason-Biggers with Mothers Against Drunk Driving says things could have ended up worse for Lee. She says he could have injured himself or killed someone. But he will still have to deal with legal ramifications.
“It’s important to note that just because you’re a star athlete, if he’s found guilty, which he hasn’t been yet, but if he’s found guilty, he should face the same punishment and fines that a regular person would face,” said Mason-Biggers.
News 4 Tucson reached out to Lee for an interview on the suspension, but UA officials say he is not talking to the media.
As for the University’s consequences when students break the code of conduct, representative to UA, Chris Sigurdson, said in part “Please know that since we’re an educational institution, our conduct cases often result in educational and support programs rather than punitive measures.”