The South Carolina Gamecocks have suspended G Rakym Felder indefinitely for a violation of team rules.
And as it turns out, Felder was arrested for a second time in July according to an arrest record in the Richland County 5th Judicial Circuit. On July 13th, Felder was charged with assault and battery of the third degree. He was released on a personal recognizance bond of $1087 and was ordered to have no contact with the victim. His attorney, Neal Lourie, requested a jury trial on Monday.
Felder has released a statement through Lourie, first obtained by The State:
“I’m very sorry for my recent behavior that led to my arrest and school suspension. I take full responsibility for my actions and make no excuses for my conduct. I apologize to the entire University of South Carolina family including our loyal fans, President Pastides, Board of Trustees, Athletic Director Ray Tanner, Coach Martin and his staff, and my teammates. I know I have let you down and I will have to work hard to regain your trust.”
In a statement provided by the university, Frank Martin said the following:
“Due to some unfortunate decisions by Rakym, he has been suspended indefinitely from our program,” Martin said. “I will continue to help Rakym grow as a young man even though basketball is not part of our relationship right now.”
Felder, a native of Brooklyn, NY, averaged 5.6 points in 14.6 minutes per contest and was seen as a key returning contributor to the Gamecocks.
In an earlier news item, SI, ESPN and CBSSports.com reported that the Gamecocks had landed a commitment from graduate transfer Wesley Myers, who will be immediately eligible. Myers averaged 16.9 points for Maine and joins former Oklahoma guard Frank Booker as USC graduate transfers.