LSU’s John Emery Jr. Publicly Addresses 2-Game Academic Suspension
As LSU prepares to start their 2022 season against Florida State, running back John Emery Jr. reportedly opened up to WAFB about his feelings about his two-game suspension. Emery Jr. calls the suspension “frustrating”, but won’t allow it to stop him. According to Brody Miller, the suspension is related to the 2021 suspension where he did not play for the entire season. The running back not only stands to miss the season opener against FSU on September 4th, but also the home game against Southern on September 10th, if his appeal is denied.
“It is frustrating because of all the hard work I’ve been putting in during school. My GPA is a 3.8 or 9. Yeah, it’s frustrating, but like I said, I’m going to keep going. I won’t let it stop me, no matter what I go through. I still have the opportunity, you know? I still have 10 games I can play in, so I’m just ready for the season to start.”
Emery Jr. has reportedly elected to appeal the suspension issued to him for the 2022 season. Emery attempted to appeal the 2021 suspension as well. Emery argued that the reason his grades were slipping was due to the COVID-19 pandemic that took the world of sports by storm in 2020. Along with dealing with the death of his grandmother, Emery’s stepfather was said to have been dealing with COVID for the majority of the year. Emery also argued that he had to battle having COVID himself on two different occasions.
Emery is a former five-star prospect that’s struggled to produce his first three years with LSU. Despite that, new LSU Head Coach Brian Kelly spoke highly of Emery. Kelly stated that he was going to be a part of what the team does this season, and is in good standing with football.
“He’s certainly going to be part of what we do this year. There’s obviously some things I can’t talk about, he is in good standing with football. Everything that he’s done, he’s done a good job with us in football. Anything else that arises is something I can’t comment on because of privacy rights.”
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