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First-year guard Jalek Felton suspended from university

<p>Guard Jalek Felton (5) takes a layup against Virginia Tech on Jan. 22 at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va.&nbsp;</p>
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Guard Jalek Felton (5) takes a layup against Virginia Tech on Jan. 22 at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va. 

Updated 4:05 p.m.

Jalek Felton, a first-year guard currently suspended from the University, will be represented by Durham-based attorney Kerry Sutton. 

Sutton, who focuses on title IX and ethics issues, also represented UNC football player Allen Artis. Artis' misdemeanor sexual battery and assault charges were ultimately dismissed in the summer of 2017. 

In a tweet Tuesday afternoon, Sutton said Felton appreciates the support being shown to him by Tar Heel basketball fans. 

"We'll get him back in class (and) on the court where he belongs as soon as we can," Sutton said in the tweet. 

She emphasized that Felton's suspension is an "interim suspension," not a final decision or a punishment. 

"People are gathering information at this point," she said to The Daily Tar Heel. 


First-year guard Jalek Felton of the North Carolina men's basketball team has been suspended from the University, the team announced Tuesday morning in a press release.

Due to federal privacy laws, the team cannot comment any further, the release said.

Felton, from West Columbia, S.C., is averaging 2.9 points and 1.6 assists per game this season and has played in all 22 games. He is the nephew of 2005 national champion Raymond Felton.

No. 19 North Carolina plays at No. 20 Clemson tonight at 7 p.m., a game Felton won't participate in.


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