Clemson suspends four players for football opener

Clemso10Four Clemson football players have been suspended for the season opener at Georgia on Aug. 30, the school announced Tuesday.

David Beasley, Shaq Anthony, Garry Peters and Corey Crawford will miss the game because of a violation of team rules, coach Dabo Swinney said.

“I am disappointed to announce that these young men will miss the 2014 opener at Georgia,” Swinney said. “A huge part of our program is teaching accountability, responsibility and that there are consequences for your actions. These are four good young men, but they broke a team rule and as a result, they will each miss a game. I am hopeful that they will learn and grow from this and have a great 2014 season on and off the field.”

Crawford, a defensive end, and Beasley, an offensive guard, were starters for the Tigers in 2013. Peters, a defensive back, and Anthony, an offensive tackle, were key reserves.

Swinney said there were no arrests involved in the situations that led to the suspensions.

“They’re not criminals or anything like that,” Swinney said. “These four guys could come babysit my kids tonight. When you’ve got 120 young people, things are going to happen sometimes, and discipline comes with the territory and is part of my job.

“I’d rather lose every game and get fired doing things right than to cut corners to win,” he said.

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