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4 college basketball players suspended for posting on social media

LOUISVILLE, KY – MARCH 15: A detail of an official NCAA men’s basketball made by Wilson is seen on the court as the Iowa State Cyclones play against the Connecticut Huskies during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

On Saturday, Kent State will face Akron in the Mid-American Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament with a bid for the Big Dance on the line. The rivalry between the two MAC teams runs deep, so there’s no doubt tensions will high. However, the Golden Flashes will lose a few players.

After advancing to the MAC Championship on Friday, several Kent State players posted a “diss trackfor Akron. The conference believes these same players have taken the rivalry a little too far. Four players have been suspended, as a result.

Starting guard Malique Jacobs will miss the first half of the MAC Championship against Akron, as will Julius Rollins and Cli’Ron Hornbreak. DJ Johnson, meanwhile, has been suspended indefinitely.

“I’m disappointed that this happened,” MAC Commissioner Dr. Job Steinbrecher said via the Associated Press. “This does not represent the values ​​of Kent State or the Mid-American Conference. However, I commend Kent State leaders for being proactive in resolving this issue and for working with my office. to resolve this situation.”

This isn’t the first time the Kent State men’s basketball team has faced backlash for their hatred of Akron. The players caused a scene after beating the Zips on their home turf earlier this year.

Kent State takes on Akron this afternoon in the MAC Championship. The Golden Flashes will lose a few players for the first half.