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FSU RB expected to play vs. Clemson after brother’s murder

Devonta Freeman AP

There are plenty of times we — the media, fans or anyone else associated with the game of college football — need to step back and realize at the simplest of levels that the young men who play this great game for our enjoyment not only have the pressures inherent with taking the field for big-time college football, but issues well outside — and immensely more important — that need to be dealt with as well.

Manti Te’o proved that in unfathomable fashion last weekend.  Sadly, a Florida State player will play this weekend with a heavy, heavy heart as well.

Earlier this week, Anthony Darling was shot and killed following an altercation in South Florida.  Darling is the brother of Devonta Freeman, a Florida State running back who is currently third on the team in rushing yards.

With the No. 4 Seminoles set to take on No. 10 Clemson later today, head coach Jimbo Fisher said the back is expected to be available.

“It was devastating. It really was,” Fisher said according to the Tallahassee Democrat. “But he’s been out at practice every day. And he’s been practicing hard and running hard.”

The details of Freeman’s brother’s death are unimaginable — Darling reportedly “got the best of” what was a physical altercation, only to have “the guy [come] back and [shoot] him” — as is how Freeman is somehow able to practice let alone play through his grief.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the player and his family.

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4 Responses to “FSU RB expected to play vs. Clemson after brother’s murder”
  1. surly1n1nd1anapol1s says: Sep 22, 2012 8:54 AM

    Terrible story. Something is rotten in our culture.

  2. seanb20124 says: Sep 22, 2012 9:50 AM

    The details of Freeman’s brother’s death are unimaginable — Darling reportedly “got the best of” what was a physical altercation,

    Sad end to the story, but what do people expect when your in the streets fighting people.

  3. bleedburgandyandgold says: Sep 22, 2012 10:18 AM

    What a sad step we have taken. I remember when I was young if you got your ass beat fair and square you never had to worry about the other guy coming back and shooting you I feel bad for the kid and his family and wish them the best

  4. lakesidegator says: Sep 27, 2012 12:06 PM

    I think you got that backwards, genius.

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