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USC Star Chimezie Metu Only Suspended One Half For Hitting Wazzu Player In Groin

A general view of USC's basketball court.

LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 12: General view of the Galen Center on opening night before the women's volleyball match between the Stanford Cardinal and the Southern California Trojans on October 12, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. The volleyball match was the first event held in the new arena, which will also be home to USC's men's and women's basketball and men's volleyball teams. (Photo by Jeff Golden/Getty Images)

Chimezie Metu is getting off with a very light penalty after blatantly hitting in an opposing player in the groin on Sunday.

Midway through USC's game against Washington State, Chimezie Metu, the team's leading scorer and rebounder, was late in rotating over to cover Carter Skaggs on an open three.

After Skaggs released the ball, Metu clearly intentionally swings and hits him in the groin.

He was given a Flagrant 2 and ejected from the game, which USC went on to win 89-71. It seemed like given how blatant this was, he should get at least an additional full game suspension. Instead, he'll only miss a half of USC's upcoming game against Cal. USC announced the suspension today, along with an apology from Metu to Skaggs.

USC junior forward Chimezie Metu has been ordered by Trojan head coach Andy Enfield to sit out the first half of USC's next game, surrender his captaincy and issue a letter of apology as a result of Metu's ejection from Sunday's (Dec. 31) game against Washington State.

The discipline enacted on Metu was approved by the Pac-12, which will take no further action.

Metu was ejected late in the first half of USC's 89-71 victory over the Cougars for his flagrant foul against WSU guard Carter Skaggs.

Metu will sit out the first half of USC's game at California this Thursday (Jan. 4).

In his letter sent to Skaggs, Metu apologized to the player, WSU coach Ernie Kent and the Cougar basketball family, as well as to his USC teammates and fans and his family. He acknowledged his inappropriate action, saying "a lack of judgment for a split second led to an action that I immediately regretted and had no business committing in the first place. I understand there is no place in the game of basketball for such an unsportsmanlike action."

He also wrote that he is "prepared to take any necessary steps to ensure that I am not involved in such an incident moving forward."

After the game, Skaggs said that not only did Metu clearly hit him, but a USC assistant questioned whether he was flopping. From The Spokesman-Review.

“That’s something I’ve never had happen to me before,” Skaggs said. “That kid took a full fist and really tried to take a swing at me. Then, the funny thing is, one of their assistant coaches looked up at me and said, ‘Why are you faking?’”

Obviously, one mistake doesn't mean Metu should sit out a month or get kicked off the team, but based on blatant this was, one would think that USC could move to give him at least a full game.

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