Akron Zips forward Demetrius Treadwell returned to the gym in Rhodes Arena Thursday, but he did not practice.
An imbroglio has surrounded the Zips star player since his non-appearance at Wednesday’s practice. When asked about it coach Keith Dambrot offered little in the way of explanation not saying whether Treadwell quit the team or whether he’d been suspended.
Treadwell, last year’s Mid-American Tournament MVP, has been made the face of the program as the team launched the team and his loss would be a substantial one.
He arrived at the JAR a little before 11 a.m. and when asked how he was doing, he offered a simple: “fine.” He then sat at the scorer’s table in the gym and watched as his teammates practiced.
There’s a reason to believe he might be a reason this situation is soon resolved. He arrived at the same time as Zips great Len Paul. Paul has served as a mentor to Zips players and Treadwell in particular for more than two years.
When asked if he brought Paul in to have a heart-to-heart with Treadwell, Dambrot wouldn’t comment.
Here’s the reality of the situation: internal spats such as these are the norm, not the exception on any sports team. When you get down to it, it would be a surprise if this situation isn’t worked out and forgotten with haste.