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Nae’Qwan Tomlin released from K-State men’s basketball team

MANHATTAN, Kan. (KWCH) – Nae’Qwan Tomlin is no longer with the Wildcats, Kansas State Director of Athletics Gene Taylor announced Wednesday night.

In a statement, Taylor said he did not come to the decision lightly, but “it is the decision warranted by the circumstances that brought it to bear.”

Tomlin has not played a single game for K-State after being indefinitely suspended in October following his arrest for disorderly conduct. The announcement comes a day after the Wildcats knocked off Villanova with a buzzer-beater three, 72-71, and where fans could be heard chanting, “We want Nae’Qwan.”

On Wednesday, the senior posted the lyrics “I want to be free” on his Instagram story.

In Wednesday’s announcement, Taylor said this would be the only comment issued by Kansas State University and K-State Athletics. You can read Taylor’s full statement below.

“We have heard the concerns and the questions from K-State fans and friends around Nae’Qwan Tomlin’s indefinite suspension from the men’s basketball team. Situations like these are difficult. We know you want answers, but federal privacy laws largely prohibit the University and K-State Athletics from publicly discussing specific information around circumstances like this. Those laws are in place to protect our student-athletes, and more specifically in this instance, to protect Nae’Qwan as he is working through a process designed to support him and lift him out of a difficult time. Allowing for that space and time is critical, but in today’s digital age, that unfortunately can lead to the spread of rumors and misinformation — and in this case, much of the information on social media is incorrect.

I have been monitoring this situation and overseeing Nae’Qwan’s suspension with Coach Tang’s involvement. While we cannot share the specifics that have led to this outcome due to the reasons stated above, K-State Athletics can now share that Nae’Qwan Tomlin will no longer be able to continue with the K-State men’s basketball team. This decision was not made lightly by me, but it is the decision warranted by the circumstances that brought it to bear.

We appreciate your passion for our men’s basketball team and for Nae’Qwan. Please know that together, we stand united to do what is best for this young man’s personal development and growth — and to do what is best to uphold the values of our teams and our university at large.”