ISU Suspends WR Derek Graves From Football Team

Reported by: Matt Gittins
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Updated: 11/01/2012 11:13 pm
The Idaho State Athletic Department has announced that Wide Receiver Derek Graves has been suspended from the football team for a violation of team rules. Matt Gittins spoke with Derek's attorney Don Jackson Thursday Evening.  Jackson denies the allegations that his client was late to practice.  He says Graves has been attending medical treatment and working with the school's medical staff during that time. 

His attorney also says they feel the suspension is a result of Coach Kramer retaliating and trying to intimidate Derek for his unwillingness to drop the criminal charges.

When reached for comment Idaho State said they would have nothing further other than to say Derek has been suspended from the team.

Mr. Jackson also says his client plans on continuing to seek criminal charges.  When asked if they would pursue the case civilly he said it is too early in the process to make that decision.

TO SEE THE LETTER FROM COACH KRAMER TO DEREK CLICK HERE

The following is the text from the letter

November 1, 2012

To Derek Graves,

You are suspended indefinitely for repeatedly being late for practice.  You were late October 31st, 2012 and warned as well as this morning November 1, 2012. You are still required to be at mandatory study table daily but cannot participate in any team related activities.

Sincerely
Mike Kramer
Head Football Coach
Idaho State University

CC Jeff Tingey
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bulletproof - 11/9/2012 7:31 PM
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Does this really matter? Football at ISU has sucked since 1982, and all it does is drain the financial coffers of the university from other, more important departments and endeavors. Disband the program or drop it to DII or DIII and only offer partial scholarships for STUDENT-athletes if they maintain a preset GPA. It has not effectively competed at ANY level since 1982(1 winning season 6-5 in 1996). Just disband it.
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