WEB EXCLUSIVE: GW suspends Cosby pending hearing

GW officials announced Tuesday that GW basketball player Attila Cosby has been suspended from the University, following his conviction on seven misdemeanor counts in D.C. Superior Court.

“Following standard University procedure, Attila Cosby has been suspended as a student pending a review of new information disclosed during his trial and now a matter of public record,” said Robert A. Chernak, vice president for Student and Academic Support Services in a press release. Chernak also said the matter would be reviewed by a University hearing board, which will determine what further action the University takes.

Because Cosby is suspended as a student, he will not be eligible to return to his role as a member of the GW basketball team. Coach Karl Hobbs suspended Cosby from the team July 5 citing academic reasons.

“Mr. Cosby had already been suspended by Coach Karl Hobbs earlier this month for failing to meet academic requirements,” said Jack Kvancz, athletic director. “His suspension as a student obviously means he will not be a member of the GW basketball team.”

Coach Karl Hobbs, who earlier Tuesday declined to comment on the verdict, said he hopes the verdict will teach a lesson.

“This is about much more than basketball,” Hobbs said. “The verdict indicates this young man made very poor judgments. Although I’ve only known him for two months, I care about him as a person. We all hope this will ultimately serve as a valuable lesson to him and will send an important message to others about the decisions they make.”

Following the decision, Judge Neal E. Kravitz decided to hold Cosby without bond until his sentencing hearing Sept. 10.

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