Iowa State Guardsman Caleb Grill, who started all but three of the Cyclone games this yearhe was cut from the team on Wednesday.
As a senior, Grill averaged 9.5 points, 4 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game in 25 games.
«We hold our players to high standards and there are expectations that our student-athletes are held accountable to,» Iowa State head coach TT Otzelberger said in a statement.
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While the team did not discuss the details of his firing, Grill posted a long message to twitter on Wednesday, apologizing to his ex-teammates and the fans.
«Unfortunately, I said something I regret that has cost me the opportunity to finish my dream at Iowa State,» Grill wrote in the statement. «I hope the players and fans of Iowa State can find forgiveness in their hearts.»
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Grill, born in Kansas, played his freshman year at Iowa State before playing for UNLV as a sophomore. He returned to the Cyclones and played the last two seasons in Ames, Iowa.
In his statement, Grill expressed his love for the university and Coach Otzelberger and shared that he has struggled with his mental health during the 2022-23 college basketball season.
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«Lastly, someday when I am brave enough, I hope to be able to share my story about my mental health and my mental illness I’ve been struggling all season,» Grill wrote. «While everyone was commenting on the hair or the funny actions on the court, it was a way to get out of that state of mind and feel like I was myself instead of the dark place I was in. I’ve been this season»
«If it weren’t for the love and support of the family network back home, including my mother Lena, father Chris, and my two brothers Kyle and Alec, I’m not sure I would be alive and would have made a life-affecting decision. of so many people.»
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The Cyclones have lost four games in a row and six of the last seven as they prepare for the Big 12 tournament.