Tennessee running back John Kelly was suspended by the team after a citation for marijuana during a traffic stop, and now the star has released a statement on his own behalf via Twitter:
I want to take the time out to apologize to the University of Tennessee, my family, my teammates and coaches, and most of all VolNation. I udnerstand taht my actions were immature and selfish and I realize they have an impact on more than just myself. I take full responsibility and accept the punishment that I have been given.
Kelly’s suspension is a big blow to what has already been a dreadful season for Tennessee. The Vols’ offense has been averaging under 20 points per game so far this season, and Kelly was by far Tennessee’s best offensive player with 615 rushing yards (and 255 receiving) and six touchdowns.
Freshman linebacker Will Ignont was also suspended for this Saturday’s game against Kentucky. According to the statement from the Knoxville PD, both Ignont and Kelly were in the vehicle when it was stopped. Police found marijuana in the car, which neither player claim. Both were eventually cited for possession, and must turn themselves into booking before Nov. 7.