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Big Ten suspends Badgers guard Brad Davison for dirty foul

The Big Ten noted that Davison has a reputation for playing dirty.
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It was all bad news for the Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team on Wednesday, as Kobe King announced plans to leave the program and starting point guard Brad Davison being suspended for a flagrant foul. 

Davison, a former standout multi-sport athlete at Maple Grove High School in Minnesota, was assessed a flagrant-1 foul late in Monday's game against Iowa for hitting Hawkeyes guard Connor McCaffery in the groin area and pulling his leg when McCaffery tried to set a screen. 

"He grabbed me right in the — where you don’t want to be grabbed in. He does that. He’s marked for doing that," said McCaffery, via the Iowa Gazette. "He’s the type of player, unfortunately, who feels the need to do that stuff. He cost them the game.”

Asked about the play after the game, Davison said he didn't think it was worth of a flagrant foul and added: "I just gotta find a better way to get around the screen, I guess." 

This isn't the first time Davison has been accused of playing dirty. 

Last year, during his sophomore season at Wisconsin, Davison was involved in a similar groin-punching incident against Marquette, and later appeared to intentionally stick his leg under Gopher star Jordan Murphy as Murphy was landing after leaping for a rebound. 

The suspension will cost Davison Saturday's game between the Badgers and No. 14 Michigan State. 

Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren, in his first year with the conference after working as the COO for the Minnesota Vikings, said he will not tolerate dirty play. 

“We expect all of our student-athletes to compete and play hard; however, they must always do so in a civil manner that is consistent with the rules of the game and in the spirit of good sportsmanship,” Warren said in a statement. “We will not tolerate behavior that compromises the health and safety of our student-athletes or crosses the line of aggressive, competitive play, especially when a pattern of similar behavior has been previously established.”

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