Marcus Bagley says Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley suspended him for tweet about benching

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Arizona State basketball player Marcus Bagley said he was suspended from the team Tuesday after taking to social media to reveal the real reason coach Bobby Hurley benched him earlier this month.

“I was just suspended for this tweet,” Bagley said on Twitter. “For Admitting I made a mistake.”

Bagley, a former Sheldon High School star, sent out a subsequent tweet urging young players to carefully consider their options when choosing which college to attend.

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“ATHLETES please please please make a well thought through decision where you go to school,” Bagley tweeted. “These people will tell you anything to build you up just to tear you down.”

Hurley issued a brief statement in response to a request from The Sacramento Bee, saying: “Marcus Bagley will be out for Thursday’s game vs Colorado due to violations of team rules.”

Hurley, who played for the Kings from 1993-98, discussed the situation earlier Tuesday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.

“I’m going to speak with Marcus here in a few hours,” Hurley said. “Yesterday we were off and I didn’t get a chance to talk with him concerning his tweet, and his other tweet about being healthy, which is fine. He’s been at practice so we know he’s healthy.

“I think it’s a byproduct of other guys playing well and just not having the opportunity to get him out on the floor. That’s all it comes down to. ... We have a stacked perimeter, and, right now, there’s just no minutes for him.”

Bagley first addressed the issue Sunday on Twitter, admitting he “made a mistake” and said things he “shouldn’t have said” to Hurley following a Nov. 10 game against Northern Arizona.

“I usually don’t address locker room situations to media but for some reason people aren’t being transparent,” Bagley tweeted. “To my fans & friends that are concerned, the reason I’m not playing has NOTHING to do with basketball or my ability.

“After my last game I played vs. NAU, out of frustration I made a mistake and said some things to Coach Hurley that I shouldn’t have said. Me not playing is 100% punishment for what I said that day. Again I am 100% healthy, & eager to play.”

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Bagley, the younger brother of former Sacramento Kings and current Detroit Pistons forward Marvin Bagley III, was named The Sacramento Bee’s co-Player of the Year in 2019 after averaging 19.9 points and 7.9 rebounds for Sheldon.

Bagley has appeared in only two games this season for the Sun Devils (6-1), who beat Alcorn State on Sunday to win their fourth in a row. Their winning streak includes wins over Virginia Commonwealth and then-No. 20 Michigan.

Bagley averaged 12.5 points and 4.0 rebounds in his team’s first two games. He was ruled out for the next game due to a hip pointer and did not travel with the Sun Devils for their next three games. Bagley rejoined the team for blowout home wins over Grambling and Alcorn State, but he did not play.