Junior guard Chrishawn Hopkins was dismissed from the Butler men’s basketball team, according to a statement released by the athletics department last Wednesday.
“I am sorry to have to announce that Chrishawn Hopkins has been dismissed from our team,” coach Brad Stevens said in the release. “We consider it a privilege to represent Butler University as a member of our team. With that privilege comes a requirement and responsibility to meet the standard of our team rules.
“Dismissal is the consequence of failure to do so.”
Stevens did not say which rule Hopkins violated.
Hopkins’ family also released a statement on Wednesday shortly after Stevens’ statement was released.
“It’s with extreme regret that we were informed today that Chrishawn was released from the Butler men’s basketball program,” the statement said. “His dismissal was due to a repeat violation of team rules and standards.”
The statement went on to thank the university for the opportunity Hopkins received at Butler, saying his mistakes “will not define who Chrishawn is as a person or a player.”
“On behalf of our family, we extend our deepest and sincerest apologies to everyone whom this impacts,” the statement said.
The Indianapolis Star has reported Hopkins has been suspended by the university and plans to transfer to another institution.
Hopkins did not return phone calls or emails from The Collegian.
Stevens was not available for comment to The Collegian.
Levester Johnson, vice president for student affairs, declined to comment on Hopkins’ status with the university.
Sophomore forward Roosevelt Jones said in a text message last Wednesday that the news was,“sad to hear.”
“He was like a brother to me and everybody else on the team,” Jones said. He will be greatly missed, but I know he will bounce back from this.”
On Sept. 14, Hopkins posted on Twitter, “Just hit me that I’m losing control over everything I love everything that makes my life complete all In a blink of an eye #gottagetitback.”
Current and former Butler players also took to Twitter last week to give their reactions to the news of Hopkins’ dismissal.
Former Butler player Garrett Butcher tweeted, “Very unfortunate news but mistakes don’t define a person. #unbelievable.”
Jones tweeted, “Is this real?”
Former Bulldog Ronald Nored tweeted, “Unbelievable.”
Hopkins averaged 9.1 points per game last season, starting 24 games for the Bulldogs.