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Kentucky Basketball's Tai Wynyard Suspended After Reportedly Attending Party With Armed Student

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LEXINGTON, KY - NOVEMBER 14: A general view of the Kentucky Wildcats game against the Grand Canyon Antelopes at Rupp Arena on November 14, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Tai Wynyard, a sophomore reserve forward for Kentucky, has been suspended indefinitely.

It's been a tough few months for Tai Wynyard. The redshirt sophomore, originally from New Zealand, has had a limited role this season as is.

On the year, he is averaging 5.4 minutes per game, and sits at one point and 1.8 rebounds per game. He's only played in eight games this season, with the last coming on December 31 against Georgia.

Wynyard has been dealing with a back issue. It has cost him the last month of the season, and John Calipari didn't sound super encouraged that he'd be back.

On Monday, he said that the injury would probably keep him out for the year. From the Courier-Journal:

“He’s tried to come back twice," Calipari said. "It hasn’t worked, so I think at this point he’ll be sitting out the rest of the year. I don’t think there’d be any chance at this point. He’ll be out.”

Now, Wynyard is dealing with off-court issues on top of the injury. He has been suspended indefinitely be the program.

The program has not revealed the reason, beyond a "violation of team rules." However, according to the Courier-Journal report, it could stem from an issue involving Wynyard's social life. He reportedly attended a party with a "dangerous" armed student who is acting as a bodyguard.

University of Kentucky fraternity and sorority members used a group messaging app to warn each other last month about a potentially dangerous student who carried a gun to a party to protect UK basketball player Tai Wynyard.

One Kentucky fraternity member named Wynyard in a GroupMe thread between student involved in UK Greek life. From the report:

Nima Mahmoodi, a member of the Chi Psi fraternity and Vice President of Community Outreach for the Kentucky Interfraternity Council, named Wynyard in messages sent to the organization's members and obtained by Courier Journal on Tuesday.

"Obviously Tai Wynyard was involved and this morning it was announced that he was suspended," Mahmoodi said in one message.

The Group Me message circulated by sorority members in January stated: “there is a (person) showing up to parties with the basketball player Tai Wynyard. (The person) showed up last night to our rush party and ... had a gun ... said he was 'protecting' Wynyard. ... If you go out tonight and see (person) DO NOT APPROACH (person). Share this to EVERY SISTER."

Wynyard has not appeared on the Kentucky bench since mid-January. He stayed in Lexington for the team's recent road stretch, and UK associate media relations director Eric Lindsey said that he was not on the bench for the team's home game against Vanderbilt as he was dealing with "academic obligations."

[Courier-Journal]