Pittsburgh junior guard Trey Zeigler has been suspended indefinitely after being stopped by Pittsburgh police on Sunday and charged with two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence.
“The incident involving Trey Zeigler is not only surprising, but incredibly disappointing,” Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said. “Although I believe it was out of character for Trey, he has been immediately suspended until further notice. Trey has expressed his deep regret to me and understands and respects the importance of accountability for one’s actions.”
The news of the DUI was first reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
“I want to apologize to my family, the University of Pittsburgh, my teammates and coaches and the entire Pittsburgh community,” Zeigler said. “This is not indicative of the kind of person I am, nor the kind of person I want to be.”
Zeigler had averaged 16.0 points and 6.1 rebounds as a sophomore at Central Michigan, but opted to transfer when the school fired his father, Ernie Zeigler, as coach last spring.
Trey then chose Pittsburgh over Duke, UCLA and others.
He was given a waiver to play immediately, and was averaging just 6.2 points off the bench in limited minutes.
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