UPDATED: Price, Barnes suspended from App State football team

Michael Bragg

Wide receiver Sean Price makes a catch during a game in the 2012 season. Price has been suspended from an undetermined amount of games for a violation of team rules.  File Photo  |  The AppalachianUPDATE: Appalachian wide receiver Sean Price was arrested Sunday for disruptive and intoxicated behavior and was suspended from the team Thursday, according to regional and national media reports.

Price, a sophomore, was given a $1,000 secured bond and is set to appear in court Sept. 19.

Price was suspended from the team Thursday for an undetermined number of games for violating team rules, according to a statement from the Appalachian State University Athletics Department.

Original story:
Appalachian State University football reserve quarterback Kalik Barnes and wide receiver Sean Price have been suspended, according to a statement released Thursday by the Appalachian State University Athletics Department.

Price, a junior communication studies major, is suspended for “an undetermined number of games for a violation of team rules,” according to the statement. Barnes, a junior marketing major, is suspended indefinitely for an undisclosed violation of NCAA rules.

“We hold our student-athletes to high standards as representatives of our program, our University and our community,” head coach Scott Satterfield said in the statement. “The decisions that Kalik and Sean made did not meet those standards and, therefore, there are consequences. Sean’s suspension comes with a number of conditions that have to be met, not the least of which is re-earning the trust of the University, the community and his coaches and teammates. We hope that he will meet these conditions and be able to return to the field at some point in the future.”

Price apologized in the statement to the university.

“I’d like to say ‘I’m sorry’ to my teammates and coaches, (Appalachian State Chancellor) Dr. (Kenneth) Peacock and the campus and local communities for the ill-advised decisions that I made that led to my suspension,” Price said in the statement. “My actions were ill-advised and immature and don’t reflect how I want to represent my team and my school. I hope to have the opportunity to return to the field and represent Appalachian State in a positive way.”

Prior to the 2012 season, Barnes was suspended from playing any games for the year for violating team rules with then senior linebacker John Rizor, who was removed from the program, according to a July, 31, 2012 article from The Appalachian. Barnes was, however, allowed to practice and remained on scholarship.

Price is still able to practice and meet with the team during his suspension. 

Story: ANDREW CLAUSEN, Sports Editor
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