Longhorns' Kabongo issues statement on his return

Longhorns' Kabongo issues statement on his return
February 11, 2013, 4:00 pm
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The Texas Longhorns will receive a boost in the midst of their 10-13 season (2-8 Big 12) with the season debut of sophomore point guard Myck Kabongo on Wednesday night versus Iowa State.

Kabongo has completed his NCAA-mandated 23-game suspension for receiving impermissible benefits last summer and then providing false statements on two separate interviews. He accepted a $475 plane ticket to Ohio to work out with longtime friend and Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson.  On Dec. 19, the NCAA originally banned Kabongo for the entire season; however, UT submitted an appeal shortly thereafter and won, cutting his suspension to 23 games.

On Monday afternoon, Kabongo released the following statement through the school:

“I am ready to start playing with my team again and putting behind me the last several months.  When I went to Cleveland last summer, I did not intend to break any rules and did not believe I had broken any.  I should have been upfront with UT about everything the first time I had a chance, but I’m glad that I corrected my mistake and I’m glad that I was truthful with the NCAA.  

I have learned a lot about myself and what is important to me through this process.  I have a great team, and they have supported me all year.  I believe I am a better teammate and am looking forward to finishing the season with my team.  I want to thank my teammates and my coaches for sticking by and supporting me all year.”