Jacob Pullen Statement

Dec. 31, 2010

 

Guard Jacob Pullen
Opening Statement …
“First and foremost, I just want to apologize to my teammates, the coaching staff, the KSU fans and all my friends. I had a lapse in judgment and I violated a few NCAA rules and I take full responsibility for my actions. At this point, the only thing that I can do is continue to work hard to help my team and the coaching staff, so we can move forward and put this issue behind us. It was a bad decision but at the same time, I have to deal with it and move forward. It is a long season and we have a bright future ahead of us for the rest of this season.”

On what this situation has been like…
“It has been tough. I have not sat out a basketball game since my freshman year of high school when I did not meet the eligibility requirements. After I did that, I told my mom that I would never sit out another basketball game, and for the most part, I tried to do that throughout my whole career. It was tough when I found out that I had to sit out three games.”

On facing his parents and Coach Martin…
“It was tough because I felt like I let down both of them. For me, it was tough to deal with the whole issue but both my parents and coach Martin were understanding. They both understood that I made a mistake and they understood that things like that happen. They also understood that I really did not try to (make a mistake). It is just something that I have to put past me. I cannot live in the past. I cannot live on what happened that day. We have a young team and we have to move forward. The guys in the locker room did a great job of not letting what happened affect them. The last three games, they went out and played their hearts out.”

On the night of the UNLV game…
“I was back here in Manhattan, glued to a TV, cheering like I have never cheered before because I saw the effort and I saw how hard they worked. For them not knowing what was going on and not knowing the situation and what the outcome was going to be had to be hard on them. I expected to play and they all expected me to play. For me not to show up to the game, I am not sure if it hurt them or not but I know it had to be tough.”