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Stevenson junior Jalen Brunson (left) will sit out the third-place game, one day after pouring in a state tournament-record 56 points against Young. | Patrick Gleason/For Sun-Times Media
Jalen Brunson has been suspended from the third place game per his father Rick.— Michael O'Brien (@michaelsobrien) March 22, 2014
PEORIA — Stevenson’s Jalen Brunson, his father Rick, his mother Sandra and representatives of Stevenson’s administration met with Illinois High School Association officials for more than an hour on Saturday afternoon, discussing whether or not the talented junior would be allowed to play in the Class 4A third-place game.
Rick Brunson emerged and gave the verdict: “He’s suspended.”
Jalen Brunson has been suspended for one game, according to his dad. The IHSA has not commented about the situation publicly.
A still photograph from Friday’s semifinal game against Young showed Brunson with two middle fingers in the air during the game. Video of the game shows that Brunson waved his hands in the air and then brought them down quickly, with the middle-fingers raised. It didn’t appear to be directed at anyone.
No one noticed during the game, and nothing was mentioned in the post-game press conference.
“It doesn’t make any sense,” Rick Brunson said. “They said it was unsportsmanlike conduct. [Young’s Jahlil Okafor] received a technical during the game. He’s able to play tonight.”
Stevenson faces Edwardsville at 6:30 p.m.