Clemson LT Isaiah Battle was reportedly pulled over on June 11 for marijuana possession.
The team released a statement Thursday morning that said Battle was heading for the NFL's supplemental draft. In it, Battle was quoted as saying he was heading to the NFL because of family reasons.
Extenuating circumstances are required for players to enter the supplemental draft with eligibility remaining, and that probably explains why Clemson's official release quoted him as saying having a child on the way influenced his decision. But don't think that his departure from Clemson was his decision only.
He'd reached his last straw, and he used it.
According to Clemson Insider, who obtained a copy of the police report, Battle was pulled over after driving at a high rate of speed.
Battled was issued two citations for speeding and no proof of insurance. The officer then asked Battle about the marijuana smell coming from the vehicle and according to the incident report, “Battle stated there was no marijuana inside the vehicle and stated I could search it.”
During the search, the officer pulled out an orange and white tennis shoe, and upon grabbing the shoe’s toe he discovered there was something hard in it. He located a silver grinder inside the toe area. At that point, he again asked Battle if there was anything else inside the vehicle. Battle walked up and retrieved a black box from the console. Inside the box were three separate clear baggies with green plant material believed to be marijuana.
Battle was Clemson's projected starter at left tackle. He started 11 of 12 games in 2014. He was previously suspended for a game in 2013 after he landed a punch on an N.C. State player. Now that he's no longer a member of the team, Clemson has just one returning starter on the offensive line in center Ryan Norton.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said he appreciated what Battle has done for the team in the statement. The team announced it had suspended kicker Ammon Lakip indefinitely after news broke of his June 6 arrest. Lakip was arrested for DUI and cocaine possession.
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