UPDATE: Renardo Sidney and teammate Elgin Bailey were suspended indefinitely after throwing hands on ESPN Friday night. “The actions that took place in Hawaii were embarrassing to all of us who love Mississippi State,” athletic director Scott Stricklin said in a statement on Twitter. “This behavior will not be tolerated.”
by David Cassilo / @dcassilo
The Renardo Sidney era has gone as poorly as possible so far for Mississippi State. A McDonald’s All-American, Sidney sat out all of last year waiting for NCAA clearance and has played just two games this year. He then was suspended earlier this week for “conduct detrimental to the team.” All of that, though, felt like nothing compared to what took place on Thursday night.
Prior to tipoff for the consolation game of the Diamond Head Classic between Hawaii and Utah, Sidney and his teammate Elgin Bailey got into a heated disagreement. Shortly after, punches were thrown and an all-out brawl erupted in the stands. The two eventually were separated, but make no mistake, the damage was done.
Here’s a video of the incident:
Needless to say, it would be no shock to anyone if Sidney is dimissed from Mississippi State after this latest incident. It will be the latest case of a player with immense talent getting countless chances and blowing them all. It may already be too late for Sidney, but here’s to hoping that this serves as a wake-up call for him to get his act together and realize what special opportunities he is is wasting.