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Jordan Barnett arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated

It is unclear yet whether he will be allowed to play in Missouri’s probable first-round NCAA Tournament game.

Jordan Barnett attacks the basket against Iowa State on Nov. 10.

Missouri basketball senior forward Jordan Barnett was arrested early Saturday morning for suspicion of driving while intoxicated in Columbia, MUPD has confirmed to The Maneater.

“Around 3 a.m. on March 10th, officers stopped Jordan Barnett (DOB 12/21/1995) for a traffic violation,” an MUPD spokesperson said in an email. “Through investigation Barnett was arrested around 3:26 a.m.”

Barnett’s arrest was for allegedly violating two city ordinances: 14-176, failing to drive within a single lane, and 14-612, driving while intoxicated.

Barnett was reportedly stopped by officers at Stadium Boulevard and Ashland Road. He was released on summons.

The team issued a statement acknowledging awareness of the incident but declined further comment.

Barnett has averaged 34.1 minutes played per game this season, his last with the program, and has averaged 13.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.

He scored 3 points and totaled four rebounds on Thursday when Missouri was eliminated from the SEC Tournament by Georgia in the second round.

Missouri will likely be given an NCAA Tournament berth and be assigned a matchup on Sunday night during the Selection Show. The team is hosting an open watch party at Mizzou Arena for the show; its first-round game would be either next Thursday or Friday, and a win would mean a second-round game two days later.

It is unclear yet whether further disciplinary action from the program will prohibit Barnett from playing in a first-round game, but the Mizzou student-athlete handbook states that an athlete driving under the influence will be suspended from team activities for a minimum of one week upon first offense.

Gabe DeArmond of PowerMizzou.com first reported this story.

Edited by Joe Noser | jnoser@themaneater.com

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