LSU Running Back Reportedly Suspended For 2 Games
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LSU running back John Emery has received a two-game suspension to begin the 2022 season.
According to The Athletic's Brody Miller, the punishment stemmed from academic issues, which caused him to miss the entire 2021 season.
Emery is appealing the suspension.
Per Miller, Emery is appealing because of the "extreme hardship" endured during the pandemic.
His grandmother died in 2020 and his stepfather was on a ventilator for most of the year due to complications from COVID-19.
Emery also contracted COVID twice.
"It is immoral to punish a young man for the hardships he has been going through in the last 18 months,"
Emery's attorney Don Jackson said, "And now he's out the other side and he's able to get some stability back.
And he is being punished. To my mind, that's close to immoral."
LSU head coach Brian Kelly has often praised Emery. On Saturday, according to Wilson Alexander of the Advocate,
He kept quiet about his position, calling the senior "excellent in football".
Kelly expresses optimism about Emery's eligibility this year
"I'm really proud of the progress she's made since my short time here," Kelly said in the spring.
"And I think we'll see him play for us this fall.
And that's all on it, isn't it? He had to make that decision, and that's good for him."
In his first two seasons with the Tigers, Emery averaged 5.0 yards per carry.
If their appeal is denied, LSU will turn to Noah Cain, Armoni Goodwin,
and Josh Williams from the state of Florida and the southern U.S. In the opening matchup against.