For a struggling Spartan team, losing the most popular player can't help.  Photo courtesy of Mark Boomgaard.

For a struggling Spartan team, losing the most popular player can't help. Photo courtesy of Mark Boomgaard.

 

Last night it was announced that MSU G Korie Lucious was dismissed from the MSU basketball team.  For many, it is the loss of a player.  For the program, it was the dismissal of the most popular player and a young man whose career had great highs and lows.

 

Spartan Nation spoke EXCLUSIVELY with his mother Latonia Guider this morning and she made this statement to us:

 

“I love my son dearly.  We certainly didn’t want his career at MSU to end this way, but we thank all of you for your prayers and thoughts.  Korie will finish the semester at Michigan State and Coach Izzo has said he will help Korie find a new school.  We are grateful to God for Coach Izzo and Michigan State.  My son has admitted he made mistakes.  I ask that people remember him and judge him not just by mistakes, but by the man I believe him to be, and that he will grow into.”

 

Korie will transfer according to Guider, but he will forever be a Spartan.  We wish him well as his career and life take a new direction.  25 years from now it is the firm belief of Spartan Nation that Korie will be known by his successes and not his failures.

 

Good people make mistakes and they rise above them.  We certainly expect that from Lucious.  His loss will impact and hurt this Spartan team.  Most will see it on the court, but off the court could have an even bigger impact on an already struggling team since he is a well-liked member of the team.