On Wednesday, reports surfaced that All-American cornerback Jalen Tabor has been suspended for the Florida Gators’ season-opener along with tight end C’yontai Lewis.
Florida head coach Jim McElwain said the two players were suspended “due to behavior that is not acceptable.”
Initially, there were little details surrounding the suspensions which led to speculation that Tabor’s suspension could have stemmed from a failed drug test. However, that does not appear to be the case.
Instead, Tabor and Lewis have been suspended because of a “serious altercation” between the two.
“Both C’yontai and Jalen will not be involved with the team or practice due to behavior that is not acceptable,” McElwain said in a statement from the university earlier in the day. “By no means are these bad guys and yet consequences have been handed down. We will not look the other way when it comes to breaking of team policies.
“I want to echo what I said earlier, these are both fine young men who will learn and be stronger from their actions. They will also be suspended for the first game. There are life lessons in everything we do. We will be better because of it and no one person is bigger than the Florida Gators.”
Let’s hope the two men can learn from their mistake and work their way back onto the football field where they will be able to help their teammates attempt to make some noise in the SEC this season.