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January 21, 2008 at 8:31 PM

Giles releases statement

Former Rainier Beach High star C.J. Giles, who was dismissed from the Oregon State University basketball team today, released a statement tonight saying he was shocked by the move.
Giles read the statement over the phone to the Seattle Times but said he did not want to take additional questions.
The move came a day after head coach Jay John was fired and replaced on an interim basis by Kevin Mouton.
Here’s the statement:
“Today I was called into the basketball office by the Athletic Director (Bob DeCarolis) and the interim head coach. They told me they wanted a fresh, new start and I would not be returning on the team.
“I asked the athletic director and the interim head coach what were the reasons and they said they wanted a fresh, new start and I would be okay because I was going on to bigger and better things.
“In the past here I have not been perfect but I have tried really hard and I have gotten things together academically. I have also accepted responsibility when things have not been perfect. This came as a shock to me as no one had addressed this with me or let me know that I had done something that would cause me to be released from the team.
“I would just hope that with a new interim head coach that clear expectations would have been set and I would have been given a chance to meet those expectations.
“My first priority is to stay in school and finish out my classes.”
Giles said he did not want to answer questions in part because “I’m just taking it day by day and seeing what the deal is. I’m still not clear on why I’ve been released, so I’m trying to figure that out.”
Giles, however, has just one year of athletic eligibility remaining after this season so he would have to play at a lower division if he were to play collegiately.

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