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Nae’Qwan Tomlin Shares Cryptic Instagram Story About Being ‘Free’

Referee pointing at Kansas State player Nae'Qwan Tomlin.

Kansas State forward Nae’Qwan Tomlin was arrested for disorderly conduct and brawling back in October after an incident at Tubby’s Sports Bar in Aggieville. The incident resulted in an indefinite suspension for Tomlin and he’s not seen the court for the Wildcats in the time since then.

Despite being asked several times in the weeks since then, the answers about Tomlin remain the same; the situation surrounding the Wildcats’ leading returning scorer is being treated like a season-ending injury.

This past weekend, Tomlin appeared on the bench for K-State and was allowed to cheer on his teammates at games for the first time this season.


Jerome Tang was asked about Tomlin’s return following the Wildcats’ 75-74 overtime win against North Alabama this past Saturday night and provided an update about the likelihood of seeing Nae’Qwan Tomlin return to the court.

Tang mentioned that nothing’s changed regarding Tomlin’s status and that the team is, “Treating the situation like a season-ending injury”.

Now nine games into the 2023-24 season, the Wildcats are already a third of the way through the year, and Tomlin’s timeline on returning hasn’t changed whatsoever, and that appears to be wearing on him.

On Wednesday, Tomlin shared a cryptic message in his Instagram story, saying that he wants to be “free.”

What’s going on in Manhattan, and why does it appear that Tomlin is no closer to seeing the court than he was back in October when the reports came out? Perhaps we will get a legitimate update at some point this year, but for now, the Wildcats are opting to maintain the status quo.

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