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Murray State guard Zay Jackson suspended for entire 2012-13 season

Oct 24, 2012, 5:22 PM EST

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Murray State has suspended guard Zay Jackson for the entire 2012-13 season after he pleaded guilty to second degree wanton endangerment charges.

The charges stemmed from an incident that took place in a Wal-Mart parking lot where Jackson hit two pedestrians with his vehicle.

“I care a great deal about Zay and am committed to seeing that he gets the help that he needs,” Murray State head coach Steve Prohm said in a statement Wednesday. “What he did was wrong and I want to apologize to everyone that has been negatively affected and embarrassed by his actions.   It’s not representative of our program and the impact we try to make in the community each year.”

Jackson was expected to be a contributor for the Racers this season after averaging 4.9 points and 2.3 assists per game last season, but his absence now leaves a void in the backcourt alongside star Isaiah Canaan.

“Although the impact on our basketball team is something we’ll have to work hard to overcome, I support the direction we are taking with this matter,” Prohm said. “I know we have a good group of young men that will work hard to represent Murray State the right way this season.”

Murray State opens its season on Nov. 9 against Brescia.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_