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WNBA's Dream suspends former Aggie guard Chennedy Carter

WNBA's Dream suspends former Aggie guard Chennedy Carter

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Minnesota Lynx' Layshia Clarendon, left, drives past Atlanta Dream guard Chennedy Carter, right, during the second half of their WNBA basketball game Wednesday, June 23, 2021, in College Park, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) Minnesota Lynx

The WNBA's Atlanta Dream suspended former Texas A&M guard Chennedy Carter on Monday for what the team said was “conduct detrimental to the team.”

Carter was averaging 14.2 points and 3.3 assists per game in her second season, starting 11 of the team’s 17 games.  She missed the first six games in June with a hyperextended right elbow, but returned on June 23 and has  played in the Dream’s last five games. Carter, though, played only a season-low six minutes in Sunday’s 118-95 loss at Las Vegas, taking but two shots. She didn’t play after the first quarter.

The Dream said afterward Carter not playing wasn’t due to an injury.

“It’s something we’re dealing with and that’s all I can say,” Atlanta interim head coach Mike Petersen told Dream beat reporter Spencer Nusbaum of The Next.

The Dream’s publicity department said Monday that Carter has been suspended until further notice.

Nusbaum reported that Carter had seemingly gotten upset when a player tried to talk to her during a timeout Sunday. It also was reported Carter spent the preceding night exchanging texts on Twitter with someone who questioned Carter’s conduct.

The Dream will play Friday at Connecticut and be home Sunday to Indiana before the All-Star break and the Olympics. Atlanta’s first game after the break for the Olympics will be Aug. 15 at Phoenix.

Carter, who opted to leave A&M after her junior season, was taken fourth in the 2020 WNBA draft, becoming the Aggie women’s basketball program’s highest pick. The 5-foot-9 Carter averaged a rookie-best 17.4 points per game last season. Carter made the WNBA All-Rookie Team and finished second in the rookie of the year voting to Minnesota Lynx guard Crystal Dangerfield.

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