Michigan reinstates Zavier Simpson after one-game suspension

Posted at 5:21 PM, Jan 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-31 22:01:16-05

(WXYZ) -- Michigan head coach Juwan Howard reinstated guard Zavier Simpson Friday following a one-game suspension.

"After speaking with (athletic director) Warde (Manuel) before today's practice and after my media availability, we agreed to lift Zavier's suspension," Howard said in a release. "I am looking forward to moving on from this. Anything further will continue to be handled within."

Simpson also released a statement of his own Friday:

"This past weekend, I made some disappointing decisions which violated our team rules. I accept full responsibility and having to sit out the Nebraska game was part of that. I deserved it and fully supported coach Howard's decision. Not being with my teammates made it a long night, however, it gave me the time to reflect.

"I know I let my coaches, teammates, and fans down as well as athletic department and community members. More importantly, I let myself and family down. They say you learn something new, or from something, every day and this is one of those times.

"I have apologized to my team and now apologize to everyone who continues to support me as well as our program. I am grateful for the opportunity to get back on the court Saturday and to represent this great university. Go Blue!"

Simpson sat out Michigan's win over Nebraska Tuesday due to an undisclosed violation of team policies.