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South Carolina G Felder suspended indefinitely

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(TSX / STATS) -- South Carolina sophomore guard Rakym Felder has been suspended indefinitely after getting arrested twice in a nine-month span.

Gamecocks coach Frank Martin announced the suspension and said Felder won't be attending classes in the fall.

"Due to some unfortunate decisions by Rakym, he has been suspended indefinitely from our program," Martin said in a statement. "I will continue to help Rakym grow as a young man even though basketball is not part of our relationship right now."

Felder was arrested on July 13 and charged with third-degree assault and battery.

His first arrest was back on Oct. 23 when he was charged with simple assault and battery, resisting arrest and public disorderly conduct.

"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," Felder said in a statement released through attorney Neal Lourie.

"I apologize to the entire University of South Carolina family including our loyal fans, President (Harris) 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."

Felder was a key reserve last season on the South Carolina squad that stunningly reached the Final Four. He scored 15 points in the Gamecocks' epic upset of Duke in the tourney's second round.

Felder averaged 5.6 points.

His loss is a blow to a squad that already lost star guard Sindarius Thornwell as well as backcourt mates PJ Dozier, Duane Notice and Justin McKie.

Updated August 17, 2017

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