UD Flyer Sam Miller suspended from the basketball team

UD Flyer Sam Miller suspended from the basketball team (WKEF/WRGT File Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - The University of Dayton confirmed Sam Miller as been suspended from the men's basketball team.

The following statement was released by his attorney on behalf of Miller:

I am incredibly sorry for the incidents that happened Saturday night two weeks ago. I accept full responsibility for the negative way my actions reflect on the University of Dayton, the Men’s Basketball program, and myself.
The University has suspended me for one semester, a decision I have accepted without appeal. In addition, my scholarship has been revoked by the athletic department and therefore I will not be a part of the Men’s Basketball program at the University of Dayton this fall. It will definitely be a challenge being away from my teammates and the university that I love, but I understand this is a necessary consequence of my actions. I have sought counseling to better understand myself and what led to my mistakes, and I will emerge from this a better person. Lastly, I would like to thank my family, teammates, and close friends who have been so supportive of me during this difficult time in my life.

Miller was arrested in Beavercreek on July 30 for charges of Disorderly Conduct and Underage Offense/Prior.

Caddy’s Tap House security guard Greg King said Miller knocked drinks off a tray and shoved a waitress at the Beavercreek bar. When they tried to kick Miller out, he reportedly then tried to start a fight with them. Security held him down, until police arrived.

While he was in Greene County Jail, Miller was caught on camera getting into a fight with another inmate, bringing an additional charge of assault.

The University of Dayton men's basketball head coach Anthony Grant released the following statement:

“I’m proud of Sam for accepting responsibility for his actions and the consequences for them in such a public manner. Our program has high expectations regarding the behavior, character, and moral integrity of the individuals that comprise our team. Sam's actions fell very short of those expectations. It is my hope that he has taken the first steps in learning and maturing from this incident.”
“Right now, we think it’s best for Sam to focus on his personal well-being and address his future. He has to meet certain conditions set by the University to return to school as a student, and if he pursues that, we will discuss his future with the basketball program at the appropriate time.”
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