The third part of a five-part series from a Sports Illustrated report accusing Oklahoma State University of numerous indecencies has been publicly released. This time, it’s about drug use.
Donnell Williams, former Oklahoma State linebacker from the 2006 season, stated, “players were not only using drugs, but also dealing them. It was common for some players to smoke marijuana before games. Drugs were everywhere. School officials largely ignored use and abuse by elite players but cast aside those players deemed expendable.”
Jonathan Cruz, former offensive lineman from the 2002 season, told Sports Illustrated, “I was kind of in disbelief that people could do the things that they were doing. It was tied to how well you could produce. If you could produce on Saturday, things could be overlooked.”
The report also alleges that Mike Gundy “joked about it”, and the coaching staff did hardly anything to stop the alleged drug problems.
Former OSU coach, and current LSU coach Les Miles, was not directly quoted in this part of the series, however, Miles did have a written response…
“This is an outsider’s view or perhaps from a disgruntled player who wanted playing time but could not earn it. Yes, I wanted our players to perform on the field, but they had to perform socially and academically too or they would not see the field. I backed the police 100% and did support law enforcement by asking what I could do to provide assistance”, the written response states.
The report also states that Miles would stop by drug counseling sessions that were meant to be closed to coaches “to be supportive and help players with issues.”
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