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Shamel Bratton Officially Dismissed from UVA Lacrosse Team


Yesterday morning we dropped hints on Twitter and Facebook about Shamel Bratton being dismissed from the team and Rhamel Bratton suspended indefinitely. A good amount of people guessed correctly, but we did not want to publish anything until it was made official. Keep Reading…


Yesterday morning we dropped hints on Twitter and Facebook about Shamel Bratton being dismissed from the team and Rhamel Bratton suspended indefinitely. A good amount of people guessed correctly, but we did not want to publish anything until it was made official. View the official press release below.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – High-scoring senior midfielder Shamel Bratton has been dismissed from the Virginia men’s lacrosse team for a violation of team policies.

Coach Dom Starsia made the announcement Friday on the eve of Senior Day.

“I want to wish Shamel the very best in his future endeavors,” coach Dom Starsia in the school’s statement. “He has made many contributions to the program. At the same time, there are standards of behavior within the framework of the team that we expect to be met by all of our student-athletes. Failure to do so on a consistent basis has resulted in the loss of the privilege of being a member of this team.”

Starsia also told the Daily Progress of Charlottesville that Bratton’s twin brother, Rhamel, has been suspended indefinitely, the paper reported. The school declined to confirm the report but said Starsia would likely address the issue after the Cavaliers final home game on Saturday.

The Brattons, natives of Huntington, N.Y., were among the most recruited players in lacrosse history. Shamel had 20 goals and eight assists this season; Rhamel 17 goals and five assists.

Virginia (8-5) hosts Penn in its final home game.

UPDATE:

Christian Swezey from The Washington Post reports that the Bratton brothers broke numerous team rules including violating the drinking policy. He goes on to state:

The twin brothers missed practice on Monday to attend the funeral of the mother of Maryland lacrosse player Ryan Young on Long Island. That missed practice was excused, and at least two other Virginia players were at the funeral, including senior starting goalie Adam Ghitelman and his brother Jacob, according to someone who attended. The Ghitelmans were back for practice on Tuesday, according to an individual close to the program. Shamel and Rhamel Bratton were not.

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Romeo412
Romeo412
9 years ago

I admire greatly UVA’s decision to stand by the merits of their policies. While other sports and institutions (including pro ranks) continue to compromise honorable behavior for a temporary result from athletes, UVA has quietly stood by its policies that behavior as a citizen, and as a student, comes first, and performance as an athlete comes second. Excellence in the latter does not excuse or permit delinquency in the former. 

Romeo412
Romeo412
9 years ago

I admire greatly UVA’s decision to stand by the merits of their policies. While other sports and institutions (including pro ranks) continue to compromise honorable behavior for a temporary result from athletes, UVA has quietly stood by its policies that behavior as a citizen, and as a student, comes first, and performance as an athlete comes second. Excellence in the latter does not excuse or permit delinquency in the former. 

Laxfan
Laxfan
9 years ago

Fucking niggers can’t follow the rules…shocking!!!

guest
guest
9 years ago
Reply to  Laxfan

youre a fucking loser. you probably suck at lacrosse too. these guys would absolutely school you at lacrosse. or anything else in life for that matter. youre a disgrace to the human race. 

Mjbiell
Mjbiell
9 years ago
Reply to  guest

there wont be an opportunity, they got kicked off.

Rogue0315
Rogue0315
9 years ago
Reply to  Laxfan

What does race have to do about it dumb ass. Fucking loser racist try actually calling a black person that to their face rather than being a bitch and typing it.

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Imlax23
Imlax23
9 years ago

two of probably the most productive midfielders in the country……….gone

Nick
Nick
9 years ago

so what if they drank in college its there senior year and they want to have fun for christ sakes if i was shamell i wouldnt really care i mean im already going to the mll and the team that drafted him isnt gonna waist their first round draft pic and u no what idt uva wouldve even gotten to the semis this year really but still wasted opportunity and just strait up stupid

Domstarsia
Domstarsia
9 years ago
Reply to  Nick

who cares about the mll? it’s a joke. no one actually considers the mll a perk. your career lives and dies with d1 ball.

Mjbiell
Mjbiell
9 years ago
Reply to  Domstarsia

true. mll is a joke

Jgbazacos
Jgbazacos
9 years ago
Reply to  Nick

Where did you go to school, or did you. I heard someone say that one should his mouth shut. Otherwise others would think you are a moron. I think in your case they are correct

cs lax 31
cs lax 31
9 years ago

not surprised at all. this type of stuff is just degrading to lacrosse and neither one of them deserve to play this sport

cs lax 31
cs lax 31
9 years ago

not surprised at all. this type of stuff is just degrading to lacrosse and neither one of them deserve to play this sport

danke
danke
9 years ago

wow what a shame…took advantage of a great opportunity

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