Renardo Sidney has issued a statement apologizing for being a part of a fight with a Mississippi State teammate in the stands between games at the Diamond Head Classic on Thursday night. Via Brandon Marcello of the Clarion-Ledger:
I'm very sorry for this incident. I had no intention of this ever happening ... I apologize for embarrassing my family, all the Mississippi State fans, my teammates and coaches ... I will learn from this and move on."
Sidney and teammate Elgin Bailey have been suspended indefinitely for their actions by the school. Athletic Director Steve Stricklin announced the suspensions on his Twitter account, saying that the length of the suspensions will be determined by their "attitude going forward." Coach Rick Stansbury released a statement saying he's never seen something like this happen before.
In my 13 years as a head coach, we've never had anything like this happen before. I am very disappointed in the actions of Elgin Bailey and Renardo Sidney and in no way does it reflect the overall picture of our program. It is not how we want our men's basketball team to be viewed nationally, and it is certainly not the conduct we expect of teammates in our program, nor will it be tolerated on any level."
Bailey is expected to release a statement later Friday. It remains unclear how the fight began, but Sidney's teammates have defended him on Twitter, suggesting that he wasn't the one who instigated the altercation.