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Clemson won’t suspend freshman receiver after altercation with female

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To clarify, Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney has not suspended freshman receiver Joe Craig after an altercation between him and a female track athlete took place last month.

Craig, also a track athlete at the university, reportedly got into an altercation with female track athlete Marlena Wesh after a party on May 22. According to a police report of the altercation, “Wesh struck Craig with an eyebrow razor and Craig then struck her with a towel rod.”

A more vivid — and disturbing — account of the report can be read HERE.

But, for those of you desiring that vividness, here’s a brief recount of the report:

Craig repeatedly banged on the door with a silver towel rod, leaving marks on it.

When police arrived, they witnessed Wesh emerge from an elevator on the ground floor, bleeding from her head and “screaming and hysterical.”

Craig was found in a silver Chevy Impala parked outside. According to the report, he was “bleeding profusely from his left triceps area,” and an officer tied his shirt around the wound until EMS personnel arrived.

Police took an eyebrow razor with a serrated blade from Wesh, listed on the report as a “lethal cutting weapon.” She told police that the two had an argument earlier at a pool party, and Craig showed up again at her room.

She was “fearful for her safety,” but opened the door and cut him with the blade.

According to the report, Craig then “hit her in the forehead and continued hitting her when she was on the ground.”

Both Craig and Wesh have declined to press charges against one another — referring to the altercation as a “minor incident” — and an assault and battery complaint has been dropped.

The two have been suspended from the track team for violation of team rules.

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8 Responses to “Clemson won’t suspend freshman receiver after altercation with female”
  1. brownsfrown says: Jun 4, 2011 8:45 PM

    Sounds to me like rock-paper-scissors. Shouldn’t a razor of any sort beat a towel rod every time?

    Yet another example why ACC football is but a footnote in NCAA competition. You don’t bring a knife to a gunfight!

    @ Deb

    Saw your post on the CFT Wifey reply regarding the SEC changes. Glad to see you are still in the trenches and that you are still mine!

  2. floridacock says: Jun 5, 2011 8:47 AM

    Sounds like the tater football player got his b*tt whipped! Leave it to Dabo

  3. pjduffey says: Jun 5, 2011 10:41 AM

    Wow. The full description of the altercation is pretty intense.

    Ben, you may want to edit your post with a few more details. After I read your article I figured it was no big deal–just two people going at each other. The Clemson site paints a MUCH worse picture.

    The guy went to a girl’s room and pounded on her door with a curtain rod until she opened up. She cut him with a razor blade (klassy!) and he started beating her with the curtain rod–apparently even after she was on the ground.

    A D-1 football player beating a woman on the ground is dirty. It’s dirty even after she cut him (which, under the circumstances, was actually sort of understandable). I’m disappointed in Dabo; he really struck me as a class act and this situation seems dirty (admittedly, not knowing the facts that led up to the altercation).

    The kid should at least be suspended pending some sort of internal investigation–it’s not even the season yet, he won’t even miss a game!

  4. waynefontes says: Jun 5, 2011 12:15 PM

    How is this guy not suspended?

  5. jonkybon says: Jun 5, 2011 1:04 PM

    Craig and Wesh should immediately be dismissed from Clemson and told to seek opportunity elsewhere. Both of their behaviors is what we expect from a Shamecocks, not Tigers. This would then allow Spurrier to sign his 33rd player this year. Upon hearing of the incident, Spurrier asked how much would he have to pay Craig to play for South Carolina.

  6. Ben Kercheval says: Jun 5, 2011 1:06 PM


    I’ve included a good portion of the police report. Definitely wasn’t my intention to make it seem like “no big deal”, hence the link to the report, but including it obviously doesn’t hurt.

    thanks for the heads up.

  7. pjduffey says: Jun 5, 2011 1:51 PM


    Didn’t think it was intentional–you guys do a great job here of being pretty informative and unbiased.

    I was just really shocked by how bad the incident was. Part of that is probably brought on by the fact that I wasn’t expecting much since the headline (accurately) reads that the kid wasn’t even suspended. Usually I give coaches, especially good guys like Dabo, the benefit of the doubt.

  8. lakesidegator says: Jun 6, 2011 11:10 AM

    The LSD @ Cremsen is laced with Meth.

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