Jake Cookson, 23 Sports

Friday, February 5-

Missouri basketball players Jakeenan Gant and Russell Woods were arrested after a raid conducted by Columbia Police Thursday around 10 a.m. Both were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a class-A misdemeanor in the state of Missouri.


Both Gant and Woods turned themselves into authorities on Thursday and were later released on signature summons.

The team released the following statement earlier today regarding their respective suspensions: “Student-athletes Jakeenan Gant and Russell Woods were notified earlier today they have been suspended for tomorrow’s game at Alabama per athletic department policy. Their status with the program will be reevaluated next week.”

Woods, a junior transfer student, has posted 3.5 points per game accompanied by 3 rebounds for the Tigers this season. Gant, a sophomore from Georgia, has an average of 4.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.


Neither player was the target of the raid, as police obtained a search warrant for the players’ residence after their roommate received a warrant for his arrest.

The arrest warrant was filed as a result of a robbery that occurred on December 9. The roommate, Koran Ward, has been charged with first degree robbery and unlawful use of weapons. His bond is currently set at 54 thousand dollars.

This suspension equates to Gant’s third during his time with the Missouri basketball program. The first coming his freshman year and the latter due to a 2014 misdemeanor charge of disturbing the peace that resulted in 2 years of unsupervised probation.

Gant was also involved with a summer internship program in which he received “impermissible benefits” as ruled by the NCAA. This is the same internship program that caused the Missouri team to self-impose a ban from the 2015-16 NCAA postseason.

For the latest info and updates on Mizzou Basketball, head over to mutv.missouri.edu.

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