The University of Virginia was in the news yet again this week with the dismissal of Shamel Bratton. Reports are surfacing that his brother might also be subject to additional disciplinary action. This is at least the second (or third according to some reports) team rules violation this season by the Bratton Brothers.

So, several topics to be covered :
  • What do these suspensions mean for the Virginia Men's Program after last year's murder?
  • Are the increased personal responsibility terms at Virginia actually working?
  • What does this mean for the Brattons and their professional lacrosse careers?
Shamel Bratton Dismissed from Virginia Team
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia men's head lacrosse coach Dom Starsia announced today (April 29) that senior midfielder Shamel Bratton has been dismissed from the team for the violation of team policies.

"I want to wish Shamel the very best in his future endeavors," Starsia said. "He has made many contributions to the program. At the same time, there are standards of behavior within the framework of the team that we expect to be met by all of our student-athletes. Failure to do so on a consistent basis has resulted in the loss of the privilege of being a member of this team."

Bratton concludes his UVa career with 89 goals, which ranks No. 3 all-time among Virginia midfielders. The Huntington, N.Y., native also finishes with 40 career assists and 129 career points, ranking No. 5 and No. 1 respectively among UVa midfielders all-time. Bratton finishes the season with 20 goals and eight assists on 22.2 percent shooting.