The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
 
NFL Preemptively Suspends Maurice Clarett
Originally posted 9/8/2003

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NEW YORK - NFL director of football operations Gene Washington announced that the league has preemptively suspended Ohio State sophomore Maurice Clarett for four games. "We realize that Maurice is not on an NFL roster this season," Washington said. "However, at this point we've seen enough to know that as soon as he gets here, he's going to do something. We feel a four-game suspension is fair."

Clarett, who helped lead the Buckeyes to the national championship last year as a freshman, has been suspended indefinitely by Ohio State for his off-the-field conduct and may not play at all this season. Earlier this week, he said the NFL suspension is too much.

"I can't believe they would do me like that," Clarett said. "I haven't even done anything yet in the NFL. I mean, I was going to. As soon as I got there. And it was going to be good. But they could have waited, at least. I'm definitely going to sue them now [Clarett and his family have contemplated filing a lawsuit challenging the NFL's rule that an athlete must be at least three years out of high school to play in the league]."

Experts say that the NFL suspension could greatly affect where Clarett is drafted when he finally becomes eligible. "Teams are going to realize that they're taking a guy who's automatically going to miss his first four games," said ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper, Jr. "That might scare a few teams away. Although for any team that drafts Maurice Clarett, those four games are going to be the least of their worries."

"First the NCAA, then the NFL," Clarett said. "I don't know why everybody is out to get me all the time." Clarett then announced that he was running for governor of California, dumped a bucket of live crawfish over his head, and claimed to have invented the unicycle.

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