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Report: NFL-bound Clemson lineman asked to leave team

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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.

Two OSU Cowboys arrested after falling asleep in fast-food drive-thru

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In October of 2010, Josh Gordon was one of two Baylor football players charged after falling asleep in the drive-thru lane at a Taco Bell. Three years later, Gordon was named an NFL All-Pro after setting a slew of records.

Fast-forward to October of 2014, a pair of Oklahoma State football players are hoping they can rise above passed-out fast-food circumstances as well.

According to multiple media outlets, wide receiver Jhajuan Seales and cornerback Juwan Offray were arrested early Sunday morning on complaints of public intoxication. Offray was also cited for hampering an officer.

The arrests occurred at a local Whataburger restaurant 12 hours or so after a blow-out loss to TCU. And the arrest report doesn’t paint a pretty picture for either player. From Tulsa World:

After arriving at the restaurant, two officers report having seen two men asleep in the front seats of the car, which, according to the police report, was running and in drive with Seales’ foot on the brake.

“Both males were totally asleep and oblivious to anything going on around them,” one of the officers stated in the report.

The police report indicates that the officers awakened Seales and Offray by knocking on the car windows. Seales and Offray “seemed very lethargic and confused” and “their eyes were red and watery with a glassy appearance,” the report states.

More from the officers’ report: “I observed Seales trying to turn the vehicle off and he seemed very confused and unable to possess even the manual dexterity to simply turn the key to the off position. In fact, (Offray) had to physically help Seales turn the vehicle off.”

“When Jhajuan opened the driver-side door,” one of the officers reported, “I was immediately overwhelmed with a very strong odor associated with an alcoholic beverage coming from the car.”

A tall tale was told by Offray as well, which is why you should click HERE again for the Tulsa World account.

There’s no word yet on what if any punishment either player will be facing. If said punishment involves lost playing time, the loss of Seales and his explosiveness would be the more significant one.

Through seven games, Seales is tied for the team lead in touchdown receptions with three. Among receivers with 10 or more catches, his 18.2 yards per reception is second on the team.

Offray has been credited with three tackles in the seven games in which he’s played.

NFL Draft: Could potential suspension in Cleveland open door for one more receiver tonight?

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Not even 24 hours since drafting the most electric jolt in franchise history, Johnny Manziel, the Cleveland Browns are facing the possibility of losing Josh Gordon for the entire 20124 season due to a potential failed drug test.

Odds are the Browns knew this suspension was coming, which makes the approach to the first round a little more interesting. Would a similar suspension have caused any other team to go for a wide receiver in the first round, even if it is considered a reach? Whatever the case, it should be a good night to be a wide receiver entering the draft tonight, and there are some good options still on the board.

USC’s Marqise Lee, Indiana’s Cody Lattimer, Boise State’s Demarcus Lawrence, and Penn State’s Allen Robinson could all be among those receivers hearing their names tonight as the second and third rounds of the draft are conducted in New York City. After the first round saw a heavy influence on defensive backs or safeties, tonight coudl focus on their future opposition on the other side of the football.

Now, Cleveland could be one more team in need of a top wide receiver out of college that could potentially become Manziel’s future number one target.