Two UO basketball players suspended for selling team apparel

EUGENE, Ore. - The University of Oregon suspended two basketball players for selling school-issued apparel over the past year. Selling the gear is a violation of NCAA rules.

Dominic Artis and Ben Carter will both have to sit out for an undetermined number of games, an university athletic department spokesman said. They will also have to donate the value of the apparel to charity.

"Ben and Dominic are two good young men who made a poor decision that was against NCAA rules," said basketball coach Dana Altman. "I feel that both regret their decisions and the impact that it has on their teammates and our university."

Under NCAA rules, selling university-issued apparel is considered a prohibited "extra benefit."

School officials were the first to notice the violation and reported the problem to the Pac-12 conference and NCAA, a university spokesman said.

"I want to apologize to the University, to Coach Altman and to my teammates for selling team apparel," Artis said in a statement released to reporters. "I regret my actions and do not want this situation to define me or my character."

"As a student-athlete at Oregon, I recognize that I have a responsibility to represent our team and our University at all times with the utmost of integrity," Carter said in a statement. "I regret the decision to sell the apparel and I am grateful to the NCAA and to the University for the opportunity to make amends."

Artis and Carter were declared ineligible to play after the violations came to light. They have both since applied to be reinstated on the team.

Artis started in 25 games last year and led the team in assists. He also scored in double-digits during two of the team's NCAA tournament games. Artis is a sophomore.

Carter, a sophomore, appeared in all 37 of the Ducks' games as freshman last year. He averaged 2.4 points per game.