To this point, all the attention that has come Cordell Broadus' way has been positive. The Diamond Bar High (Diamond Bar, Calif.) junior wide receiver was first noticed just for being the son of a famous father, Snoop Lion. Then he began excelling on the field and earned a scholarship offer from UCLA. He continued to star and earned similar offers from the likes of USC and, most recently, Notre Dame. Everyone has been glowing about the receiver's talents.
That's about to change.
As first leaked by TMZ and later confirmed by the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Broadus was formally handed a suspension on Wednesday afternoon from the California Interscholastic Federation that will force him to the sidelines for Diamond Bar's next game on November 1.
The penalty comes as part of comprehensive suspensions handed down to members of both the Diamond Bar and Diamond Ranch High (Diamond Ranch, Calif.) football teams, related to a massive brawl that erupted between the regional rivals in the fourth quarter of the teams' face off on Friday. You can see video of the fracas above.
The fight was violent enough that it led referees to call the game with just more than 3:00 remaining in the final period, with Diamond Ranch leading, 34-20. The final score was confirmed and the remaining time will not be replayed.
More crippling for Broadus' Diamond Bar squad is the fact that all but one varsity player will be suspended for the November 1 game, which means that they are forced to forfeit. That forfeit in turn makes a state playoff berth all but impossible, as it will serve as a third league loss.
In total, 19 Diamond Ranch players were handed a one-game ban while the entire varsity roster, save the aforementioned abstention, was suspended for Diamond Bar.
While Broadus will now try to turn the page and focus on his own improvement, he may find the suspension hard to shake completely. The junior was reportedly very active in the brawl, and TMZ showed close-up footage that displayed him acting in a manner that could be called dishonorable and violent at best.
Given his talent -- Broadus is widely considered one of the top wide receivers in the nation in the class of 2015 -- there's little doubt that schools will be happy to take a chance on him. There was never any question about his suitability for college football before the brawl. There still isn't about his talent, but now there may be about his behavior.