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Hugh Freeze offers no comment on potential suspensions to Auburn football players

MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla. — Auburn football coach Hugh Freeze spoke to reporters for the first time Tuesday since the university released a statement May 18 saying it had issued "indefinite suspensions ... for violation of applicable Auburn Athletics department policy."

In an email exchange when the statement was first released, AU Executive Director of Public Affairs Jenifer Adams told the Montgomery Advertiser the situation was related to "videos that were posted on social media."

"We don't comment on individuals and their status with any disciplinary issues within our school," Freeze said at the SEC meetings at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. "I really don't have a comment on that."

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When the original statement from AU was given, Adams said she could "not comment on specific students" that may be involved in the situation.

"We are aware of the situation and take this matter very seriously," AU's full statement May 18 read. "The appropriate offices are conducting a thorough review. Indefinite suspensions have been issued for violation of applicable Auburn Athletics department policy. No further comment will be provided at this time."

It is unclear if any members of Freeze's team are among those suspended, though a since-suspended Twitter account posted explicit videos earlier this month and claimed running back Jarquez Hunter was in them.

When the Montgomery Advertiser initially reached out to Adams, the email subject line read "Jarquez Hunter Statement."

Following Auburn's statement on May 18, Adams sent another email that said, "Just realized that your subject line said 'Jarquez Hunter Statement.' There is no Jarquez Hunter statement that I am aware of. (What) I sent you is the official Auburn University statement regarding this issue."

Richard Silva is the Auburn athletics beat writer for the Montgomery Advertiser. He can be reached via email at rsilva@gannett.com or on Twitter @rich_silva18.

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