Cross On Dexter Lawrence: Ignorance Not An Excuse

Players have to know what they're putting in their bodies, Randy Cross says

Taz and the Moose
December 28, 2018 - 10:36 am

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Three Clemson football players, including star defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, have been suspended for the Cotton Bowl against No. 3 Notre Dame on Saturday. 

Dexter, who has 37 tackles – 7.5 for loss – tested positive for the banned substance ostarine. Tight end Braden Galloway and offensive lineman Zach Giella will also miss the game.

Lawrence insists he did not knowingly take an illegal substance, but CBS Sports Network college football analyst Randy Cross says that is no excuse. 

“The problem is nowadays these kids are really, really familiar (with the system),” Cross said on Taz & The Moose. They know how the system works. There were signs all over all these facilities all over the country, that you’re responsible for whatever goes in your body. So the defense ‘I don’t know’ – well, you know what? You shouldn’t just be taking anything that comes from the store. If it doesn’t come from your team trainer, if it doesn’t come from the team itself, you shouldn’t be taking anything. The defense that ‘I didn’t meant to do it’ – nah, it doesn’t fly. They know what the repercussions are.”