Azia Bishop releases statement, apologizes for suspension

03/23/2015 07:18 PM

LEXINGTON — A curfew violation caused UK senior Azia Bishop to miss Sunday’s NCAA tournament game with Dayton in Memorial Coliseum.

Without its starting center, No. 2 seed Kentucky went on to lose its second-round game to the underdog No. 7 seed Flyers by a score of 99-94.

Monday, Bishop released the following statement about her suspension through the university:

“I had an amazing four years at the University of Kentucky. My season did not end the way I wanted it to, as I was suspended for Sunday’s game due to a curfew violation. I had a lapse in focus and it’s a decision I will regret for the rest of my life. However, it’s a lesson learned and I respect Coach Mitchell’s decision. This will only better me as a person in the future and shape me to become a woman of substance and who Coach Mitchell has taught me to be.

“I would like to thank the Big Blue Nation for all of their support and love that they have shown me over the last four years. I love everyone associated with the Big Blue Nation and the University of Kentucky, and I want to thank you all.”

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