In addition to De Sousa’s suspension, which was the stiffest of the four, the Jayhawks’ David McCormack received a two-game ban. For Kansas State, James Love will miss eight games, and Antonio Gordon will miss three.
“This kind of behavior cannot be tolerated and these suspensions reflect the severity of last evening’s events,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement. “I am appreciative of the cooperation of both institutions in resolving this matter.”
In addition to the four player suspensions, both programs were reprimanded by the Big 12 for players’ leaving the bench area during the incident, which violates the conference’s sportsmanship policy.
Earlier Wednesday, Kansas coach Bill Self indefinitely suspended De Sousa, pending the outcome of the Big 12’s discipline.
“Like I said last night, I am disappointed and embarrassed by what transpired because there is no place for that type of behavior in any competition,” Self said in a prepared statement. “After meeting with my team and discussing the incident in detail, it is evident that everyone fully understands the magnitude of their actions and all are remorseful for what occurred. We represent the University of Kansas and will all learn from this experience moving forward.”
The melee began when De Sousa blocked DaJuan Gordon‘s shot in the final seconds of an 81-60 Jayhawks victory and then stood over Gordon. At one point during the brawl, De Sousa, who had thrown multiple punches, held a stool above his head before it fell from his grasp as assistant coach Jerrance Howard grabbed at it.