Spartans’ Derrick Nix Suspended After Drug Arrest

LANSING (97.1 The Ticket) MSU basketball player Derrick Nix was arrested Monday night on two charges, including suspicion of operating a vehicle with the presence of drugs and marijuana possession, according to East Lansing District Court.

MSU Coach Tom Izzo responded swiftly, suspending Nix and releasing a statement saying the arrest puts Nix’s time with the team in jeopardy.

“Based on the information we have received, Derrick Nix has been suspended indefinitely from our basketball team, and his future with our program is uncertain,” Izzo said in the statement. “He made an irresponsible decision that has put his future with our program in serious jeopardy.”

Court staff said Nix had still not posted bond at lunchtime Tuesday, which means he was still in jail. An arraignment time and date have not yet been set.

According to the MSU Spartans website, Nix appeared in 30 games, starting in one in 2010-11. He scored seven points at Ohio State on Feb 15, hitting all three field-goal attempts, and grabbed a season-high six rebounds at Illinois the month before.

Nix, 6 foot 9 inches tall and weighing in at 270 pounds, graduated from Pershing High School in Detroit. He emerged as a Spartans leader before the disappointing end of this season and was considered a favorite to become a team captain.

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  • nitetime

    get real,let the man play

  • bobby

    I never thought of this guy as captain material. He’s too fat to even play more than 5 minutes at a time. He gets pooed on whenever he faces a real center because he is too damn fat to keep up.

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