And now we know a little more of the rest of the story. Reportedly.
Earlier Thursday, Clemson announced that Isaiah Battle was leaving the Tigers in order to make himself available for the NFL’s supplemental draft next month. According to Battle’s statement, he will become a father this summer and has “family issues” that need to be addressed, which helped him pull the trigger on the unexpected decision.
However, TheClemsonInsider.com is reporting that Battle was asked to leave the team following a recent incident involving marijuana.
The Clemson Insider has learned former Clemson left tackle Isaiah Battle was pulled over on at 12:47 p.m. on June 11 by Clemson City Police for speeding and as a result was caught with simple possession of marijuana.
Battle was given a citation for speeding and for possession of marijuana, but did not go to jail nor was he charged with anything.
Clemson announced earlier on Thursday that Battle will enter the NFL Supplemental Draft. Though sources told us he was asked to leave the team because this was the third strike for the senior left tackle.
In a statement praising Battle for all he accomplished during his time with the Tigers, head coach Dabo Swinney said “[w]e appreciate all that Isaiah has done for the program the last three years.”
Battle was suspended for one game in 2013 for punching a North Carolina State player during a September win. He was also suspended for one game last season.
What if any impact all of these issues would have on Battle’s supplemental draftability remains to be seen. Josh Gordon was booted from two FBS football programs (Utah, Baylor, both within months of each other in 2011) over drugs and failed tests, but was still selected by the Cleveland Browns in the second round of the 2012 supplemental draft. Gordon, a Pro Bowl wide receiver in 2013, was suspended for the first two games of the 2013 season; the first 11 games of the 2014 season; and all 16 games of the 2015 season because of various drug- and alcohol-related issues.