Sheffield DBS Sharks cut new American signing Mathis Marquis from their roster today - before he had even played for them.
In August Sharks announced they had taken the 27-year-old former University of West Florida forward one a one year deal.
But today the BBL club issued this statement, which failed to give a specific reason for the 6ft 7in player's sudden departure:
"The DBL Sharks regret to announce the departure of recent US signing Marquis Mathis.
"Marquis leaves the club with our best wishes and we offer our full support for a continued successfull playing career.
A replacement will be announced in due course."
Later the club told The Star: "He just wasn’t strong enough to play the position we had, so he has gone to Southampton to get experience."
On March 9, Marquis had posted a picture of the Sharks side on his Facebook page.
Yesterday, it was suddenly different: "Been getting a lot of calls and messages about what's next in my basketball career....answer is...whatever God has in store for it."
After his initial signing, Sharks head coach, Atiba Lyons had commented: “We are happy to bring Marquis into the Sharks family and show what he is capable of contributing as a skilled big man."
It was also announced that he would be sponsored at the club by a Sheffield IT Support company.