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Tuesday, February 12, 2019 1:30 pm

Mad Ants' Hornbeak suspended

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

Mad Ants guard Je’lon Hornbeak has been suspended five games without pay for violating terms of the G League’s anti-drug program, so he’ll miss Wednesday’s game at Lakeland, Florida.

This comes after the Mad Ants released Tra-Deon Hollins, their starting point guard, last week for what sources confirmed was a second drug violation.

“We have been made aware that Je’lon Hornbeak has been suspended by the G League. We are handling this as an internal matter,” read a statement today from the Indiana Pacers, who own and operate the Mad Ants.

Hornbeak has played in 19 games and averaged 4.2 points, 1.5 assists and 14.4 minutes for the Mad Ants this season.

What’s my take? Confusion.

Either there’s more to the Hollins story, which is possible, but I’ve been assured there is not. And, as I wrote last weekend, if there was, then why was he starting just days before his release?

Or, the Pacers/Mad Ants learned their lesson -- that it wasn’t good public relations -- to cut one of the league’s best players without explanation and then have it come out it was for marijuana.

Tough to tell, since the team won’t add to the narrative.

Hornbeak’s agent is former Mad Ants president Jeff Potter, who declined to comment today to The Journal Gazette.

jcohn@jg.net