Auburn Honors Suspended Porter
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) _ Tearful Chris Porter received a thunderous ovation during Auburn’s senior night celebration, walking toward the center court with his arms raised _ and dropping them just once to wipe his eyes.
Porter, suspended since Sunday when he admitted taking $2,500 from a sports agent, was in street clothes for the celebration that took place 10 minutes before the 19th-ranked Tigers played No. 12 LSU.
Fans watched a short highlight film of that honored Auburn’s four seniors. The crowd was deafening during highlights of Porter’s dunks, and chanted ``CP! CP!″, drowning out his taped comments that were played during the film.
Porter, accompanied to center court by his father and mother, made no comment as he accepted a framed jersey from coach Cliff Ellis. He wiped tears away as he walked off the court, then returned a few moments later and took a spot on the bench. Sophomore Reggie Sharp replaced him the lineup.
Porter is suspended pending the investigation into his possible NCAA infraction. He reportedly accepted the money to prevent his mother from being evicted from her home. His mother, Emily Porter, did not attend the game.
Auburn and the Southeastern Conference are expected to turn their report over to the NCAA on Thursday. The school is expected to ask the NCAA to reinstate Porter in time for the NCAA tournament.
Porter, along with center Mamadou N’diaye, guard Doc Robinson and forward Daymeon Fishback, are the winningest senior class in Auburn history with 82 wins. They had a 30-game home winning streak on the line Wednesday against LSU.