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Virginia Lacrosse Dismisses Shamel Bratton

Former Huntington lacrosse star dismissed Friday for violating team policies while twin brother suspended.

Former lacrosse star Shamel Bratton has been dismissed from the University of Virginia men’s lacrosse team, the school announced Friday.

Bratton, a 6-foot, 1-inch senior and first-team All-American midfielder last season, is considered one of the most gifted schoolboy athletes in Long Island history.

Virginia coach Dom Starsia announced the dismissal, citing a 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."

According to The Daily Progress, twin brother Rhamel Bratton, also a senior midfielder at Virginia, has been suspended indefinitely.

Shamel Bratton was taken by the Boston Cannons in Major League Lacrosse’s January draft. But his senior season didn’t go as expected. He racked up 20 goals and eight assists, but on just 22 percent shooting.

And the Cavaliers, who were preseason No. 2, stumbled to the finish. One week after getting drubbed in a semifinal loss to rival Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, Bratton is out.

Both brothers sat out the Stony Brook game earlier this season after being suspended. Shamel also was disciplined and missed the Maryland game. A Washington Post account said Virginia teammates voted to kick Shamel Bratton off the team.

At Huntington, Shamel Bratton was a Newsday All-Long Island wide receiver in football, a two-time All-American in lacrosse and led the boys basketball team to a Suffolk title as a junior. He was part of a dynastic run in lacrosse that included three straight Long Island titles and a pair of state championships.

Shamel Bratton leaves Virginia as its all-time career points leader among midfielders with 129 points. He had 89 goals and 40 assists.

It's unclear whether Rhamel Bratton will play again.

Michele April 30, 2011 at 01:26 AM
I'm sorry Kim, but that has to be one of the most absurd things I've ever heard. The BOE is to blame because this kid did something to be dismissed from his senior year college lacrosse team. Then perhaps you might blame every teacher and principal he ever came in contact with. Really? Let's get back to parenting. I understand not every child has parents or caregivers to give them proper guidance and direction growing up but there are programs outside the schools that can help in those areas. As a parent of 2 young girls it is my primary responsibility to make sure my children have values and morals and are respectful in all ways. It's not the BOE or teachers, or anyone else in my childs school responsilibity to do that. I appreciate they do reinforce it in school but when we start making these kinds of statements I think we start to blur the lines of what schools SHOULD be for our children and what parenting SHOULD be about.
Steve April 30, 2011 at 02:28 AM
Well it's all rather vague, hopefully he graduates, Virginia is a wonderful school.
eric April 30, 2011 at 03:46 AM
What this REALLY indicates is that athletic department in HHS indulged, spoiled and looked the other way at behavior and grades that would have been unacceptable in a student who was not a star athlete. When they finally had to leave the sheltered cocoon created for them here, guess what? They were treated like anyone else, and are now being held accountable for following rules with no special treatment. Their high school preparation for life included nothing beyond being sports stars. We did these two no favors, and they have thrown away the best opportunity they could have hoped for. Welcome to the sports program for the chosen few at HHS.
Morgan April 30, 2011 at 03:54 AM
Wow, what is disturbing is not the very vague article, but that adults would use a student to make their political jabs. Three and a half years into college and they blame the high school? Really?
Jason Molinet April 30, 2011 at 12:21 PM
Shamel Bratton has not been kicked out of school, just off the lacrosse team. While the situation is disappointing, let's not call his tenure at Virginia a failure. He remained eligible for four years at a school with very high academic standards. He also has a job awaiting him out of college as a first round draft pick in pro lacrosse. How many 2011 grads can say that?
Jen LaVertu April 30, 2011 at 03:01 PM
I sure hope my 1st grade teacher Mrs Setchell does not get blamed for some of my posts being spelled wrong. At some point I should, as an adult, be held accountible for my own actions. My poor Physical Education teacher should be tarred and feathered that I am no longer a size 4!!! lol! I applaude this young man for his accomplishments thus far. Regardless of this outcome he met some amazing benchmarks in his life so far in spite of this set back. I do believe when 1 door closes another opens and I wish this young man the best going forward!!!
David Livingston April 30, 2011 at 03:17 PM
The Patch erased my initial post, which was.... They only did that to him because he was black. Which is what I believe. Please don't censor me for my opinion. If you article wasn't so freaking vague and ambiguous, we might have more to work with here.
Jason Molinet April 30, 2011 at 03:24 PM
David, the University did not disclose what rules Shamel Bratton broke. But I linked to two other reports from media outlets who actually cover the Cavs. They use unnamed sources to sketch out why Bratton was dismissed.
Patched Out 2 April 30, 2011 at 03:41 PM
Just curious.....who is the "they" that you are referrring to in your post, as it is not clear. Thanks.
Len April 30, 2011 at 03:53 PM
http://huntington.patch.com/articles/huntingtons-howell-a-tewaaraton-nominee Zach Howell was in he same 2007 (half-day kindergarten) HHS graduating class. I didn't see any "political" comments (0) directed at his outstanding success. It seems most of our graduates succeed regardless of who is on the BOE.
HHS STUDENT April 30, 2011 at 08:31 PM
WOW. You "adults" are all quite pathetic. I'm a student athlete at Huntington High School right now on the Varsity Volleyball and Lacrosse programs. I have older siblings the same age as the Twins and Ive had the privilege to meet (and hang out with) them on several occasions. As "adults" you should stop talking out of your a** and do some research. Ms McCarthy, Huntington's athletic director, along with Coach McDermott are two of the most respected figures by students at Huntington High.Student athletes KNOW that there is no tolerance for any sort of unsportsmanlike conduct at Huntington. Ms McCarthy makes student athletes and their parents know that misconduct is unacceptable and students will be suspended or removed from sports teams if they are caught doing anything against the rules.Several times individuals at Huntington have been spoken to (and punished) for things such as drinking and hazing.For you all to be saying that HHS student athletes are "spoiled and looked the other way at behavior and grades that would have been unacceptable in a student who was not a star athlete" is completely inaccurate.The Bratton Twins are the most upstanding characters you will ever meet.Always dressing appropriately, shaking hands, and hugging mothers.They have had some fun in college, like they should.Take the politics out of this story.Its not the BOE fault that they may have taken one step to far.Its their own.They are men, they will learn from it, and continue moving forward.
JSC April 30, 2011 at 08:54 PM
Good post HHS Student! While not everyone will vouch for the Bratton's personalities while in HHS, they were excellent players and represented their high school very well. That being said, I believe that some (Kim) are making absurd statements about the high school and the school board being responsible for any college student's behavior once they are graduated from the school district! Personal responsibility is paramount, and as HHS Student said, if the Brattons made a mistake and violated some college team code, then they will take their lumps and learn from it. Kim, isn't the college responsible for making sure their athletes are keeping their grades up and modeling excellent behaviors while in the college? Aren't the parents or guardians responsible for this as well? Aren't the students themselves responsible for this? Yes, Bill Dwyer made a statement about our graduates getting into excellent colleges, including our student-athletes. Just how does that translate into the district being at fault if they don't succeed? It was the college that accepted the student, after much examination of their transcripts, essays, recommendations, SAT scores etc. I would say that once the student is enrolled in the college, it would be the responsibility of the college to make sure they succeed and stay there for four years, graduating with a degree! Retention rates are one thing colleges are sensitive about.
Thomas Grzymala May 02, 2011 at 01:52 AM
Each of us are responsible for our own actions. The Brattons' parents, their other family relatives, their HHS teachers and coaches, UVa's athletic department personnel and faculty . . . . none of these people made the Brattons do what they chose to do to receive a dismissal for Shamel and an indefinite suspension for Rhamel. I repeat, they chose to do what they did. Blaming others is a cop-out. Actions have consequences and the sooner these young men learn this the better their lives will be.
Bob Hurley May 05, 2011 at 07:00 PM
Have you checked the pay scale in Pro Lacrosse ?

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