It was disclosed Tuesday night that Purdue would be without Ryan Cline for the first three games of its season, as he was suspended for a “violation of team rules.” Details of why he was suspended emerged Wednesday.
According to a police report obtained by the Lafayette Journal & Courier, Cline was found unresponsive in his car with his foot on the gas and revving the engine on the morning of July 11. Police had to break the passenger window to get to Cline because he was unresponsive and there was a strong smell of marijuana coming from the car, the Journal & Courier reported.
Cline was charged with one count of marijuana possession, according to court documents. Cline, a sophomore guard, played in all 35 of Purdue’s games last season and averaged 3.9 points per game.
“We have suspended Ryan for our first three competitions for a violation of team rules,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said in a press release Tuesday. “We hold our players to a set of standards, and they are expected to conduct themselves accordingly.”