Junior running back Thomas Clayton is "in the process of responding" to the consequences of his "error in judgment."
This is according to coach Bill Snyder's
opening comments at Tuesday's weekly press conference.
What are the consequences? Snyder would not divulge
any information on that - whether it's extra sprints
after practice or a suspension of playing time, that's
up to the general public to speculate.
While terms of the disciplinary actions are unclear,
it seems to be a good bet that if Clayton would see
any sort of suspension of playing time, it would mean
more action for red shirt freshman Parrish Fisher.
Fisher did not receive any carries in the Wildcats
last action, at Marshall, but Snyder said it was
probably a poor decision on his part.
(Fisher) played awfully well in the very first ball
game," Snyder said. "I'm disappointed we didn't get
him in the ballgame this past Saturday."
Snyder did say that being barred from talking to the
media was not a consequence of Clayton's action, but
other factors kept Clayton from appearing in front of
the press on Tuesday. "Thomas was requested to be
here," Snyder said.
"It was my intent to allow Thomas
to be here, and Thomas was on board with that and
wanted to have an opportunity to express himself. And
I want him to have that. Because it hasn't been
settled yet, legally, we'll wait until that takes
Snyder said that any possible legal repercussions were
still undecided upon. "What happens from a legal
standpoint still remains to be seen," Snyder said. "I
think that will take place in the very, very near
Senior offensive tackle and team captain Jeromey Clary
said that Clayton had apologized to the team, and the
team was accepting Clayton with open arms. "People
make mistakes," Clary said, "and we're not going to
hold it against him.
In sitting down to talk to the media, Snyder addressed
the Clayton situation first thing, before anyone had
time to ask a question about it. "I want you to
understand that I haven't and won't make excuses for
Thomas or any player in our program," Snyder said.
"I'm not trying to make light of any actions of any
player in our program, including Thomas."
Snyder said Clayton had no intent to harm, and did not
harm, anyone. "He was wrong in departing from where
he was," Snyder said. "He accepts that
responsibility. He knows that there are consequences,
and he is in the process of responding to those
In further discussion about Clayton, Snyder reiterated
points he had mentioned during Monday's league
teleconference. "Thomas is a good young person,"
Snyder said. "Thomas is not prone to being a trouble
In closing, Snyder spoke a phrase that struck the true
reason of why the media had entered Vanier Football
Complex in the first place. - "Now, I will address
football, if you're interested."
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