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Colorado suspends two receivers, dismisses LB following air gun incident

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer

Two Colorado wide receivers have been suspended for the first two games of the season following an incident with an air gun. Linebacker Jermane Clark has also left the program due to family issues and his involvement in the air gun incident.

Receivers Jeffrey Thomas and DaVaughn Thornton were among eight Colorado players in two separate cars early Saturday morning. One car was jokingly pointing the gun at the other vehicle. Witnesses believed the gun to be a real weapon, and as a result ten Boulder police officers were called to respond and pull the two cars over.

The other six players involved were Jered Bell, Keenan Canty, Joshua Moten, Paul Vigo and Derrick Webb.

No arrests were made and no tickets were handed out, but Colorado coach Jon Embree still suspended both Thomas and Thornton for games against Colorado State and Sacramento State.

"It was three guys making poor decisions," Embree told reporters on Tuesday. "For the most part, our players, with an exception here or there, have done a great job of trying to be the type of citizens that we want and that we want our fans to be proud of.

"I know no charges were filed and any of that, but at the end of the day, we don't behave that way. There is no gray area when you behave like those guys behaved. They've been punished appropriately."

Now, while no chargers were filed, the reaction to being pulled over by the police may have led to the suspensions for both players. According to the police report, several of the players became antagonistic when police ordered them out of the car at gunpoint.

"Go ahead! Shoot me (expletive)'" Thornton is alleged to say in the police report. "I can go wherever the (expletive) I want!"

Now, obviously, if you're pulled over with friends by cops who are forcing you out of the car at gunpoint, having an adverse reaction to this is to be expected. Particularly when you aren't even sure what you've done wrong.

At the same time, if you're police who are pulling over a car you've been told has a weapon in it, you're going to protect yourself from any potential danger.

I suppose the lesson in all of this is to not drive around with your friends in a car pointing a gun at another car full of friends. Particularly if that gun is made to look like a Walther P99, as the air gun in this incident did.

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