Northern Michigan University women’s basketball head coach Troy Mattson has been suspended for four games after he made comments questioning the obtainment of a player from a rival school.

The suspension came from NMU Director of Athletics Forrest Karr.

“A mistake was made and given the circumstances I decided to impose a four-game suspension,” Karr said in a press release.  “We have a great deal of respect for Wayne State University’s department of athletics. Their key administrators have strong backgrounds in compliance and Rob (Rob Fornier, WSU Director of Athletics) is a consistent advocate for the importance of going above and beyond just following the rules.”

The press release did not state whether or not this is a paid suspension for Mattson.

Mattson questioned whether or not Wayne State’s star center Shareta Brown did not come to the school under proper NCAA regulations and accused the school of cheating at the postgame press conference after Monday’s 69-57 loss.

“I would like to apologize to Wayne State University, their coaching staff, their players, and Shareta Brown for the unwarranted comments I made,” Mattson said. “I would also like to apologize to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference as my comments were unjustified and should not have been said.”

Mattson will miss Thursday’s non-conference game against Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill. as well as road conference games at Tiffin and at Ohio Dominican on Jan. 2 and 4. The last game will be at home against Ashland on Jan. 8.

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