Tag:Marlena Wesh
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:08 pm

Clemson WR Joe Craig dismissed after arrest

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

A rocky Clemson football career has come to an end for Tiger wide receiver Joe Craig.  

The Charleston Post and Courier reported Thursday that Craig was served with an arrest warrant Wednesday on charges of criminal domestic violence. Police were called to a university apartment early Sunday morning at which Whitney Fountain, a Clemson track athlete and the mother of Craig's son, told officers Craig had struck her.

Per the incident report, Craig told officers Fountain had started the confrontation and he had "shoved" her away to get her off of him.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney dismissed Craig from the team Wednesday night. A rising sophomore, Craig caught three passes for 17 yards in his 2011 redshirt season.

A dual-sport athlete from Gaffney, S.C. who won state championships in both the 100- and 200-meter dash, Craig was recognized as one of the fastest players in the entire class of 2010 but struggled with off-field issues throughout his time in the Clemson football program. Craig was involved in a May incident with another Tiger track athlete, Marlena Wesh, that did not result in an arrest or filed charges but did force his suspension from the track squad and a three-game suspension to begin the 2011 football season.

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Posted on: August 26, 2011 10:11 am

Clemson WR Joe Craig suspended 3 games

Posted by Chip Patterson

Clemson wide receiver Joe Craig's suspension for an altercation with a track teammate in May is no longer indefinite, as head coach Dabo Swinney announced Thursday that the redshirt freshman would miss the first three games of the season.

Craig rejoined the team on Thursday, and will be allowed to practice during the suspension. He was suspended from team activities for the summer workout period after an on-campus incident with a female track teammate, identified as his girlfriend at the time. Neither side pressed charges from the alleged attack, but Swinney awaited due process from the university before clearing the speedy wideout.

Craig was a 200m and 100m state champion in Gaffney, SC and participated as a sprinter for the Tigers' track team before his suspension. He joins a talented group of young wide receivers, highlighted by sophomore DeAndre Hopkins and standout freshmen Sammy Watkins and Charone Peake.  His three game suspension will conveniently bring him back to the field in time for the Tigers' showdown with Florida State in Death Valley on Sept. 24.  He will miss Troy, Wofford, and rematch against Auburn while serving the suspension.
Posted on: June 7, 2011 1:21 pm

Clemson suspends Joe Craig indefinitely

Posted by Tom Fornelli

On Saturday we told you about Clemson wide receiver Joe Craig and his altercation with track teammate Marlena Wesh. To recap, Craig showed up at Welsh's dorm room with a silver towel rod, where he then hit Welsh multiple times with the towel road according to the police report. Wesh, in return, apparently cut Craig's arm with a razor blade. Neither party decided to press charges, but Craig was suspended from the track team. If Craig was planning on spending his free time working out with the football team, he's now going to have to make new plans.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney announced on Tuesday that, due to the incident, Craig has been suspended indefinitely from the football team.

“Joe Craig has been suspended from the football team for the summer workout period,” Swinney said in a statement. “Because this is a serious on-campus student issue, there is a process that he will have to go through from a university standpoint. I respect the process and will fully support whatever the university decides to do.

“We will react from a football standpoint after that process has run its course, but I cannot comment any further at this time on the details of this specific issue.” 

Posted on: June 3, 2011 12:27 pm
Edited on: June 3, 2011 12:53 pm

Clemson WR allegedly attacks track teammate

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Clemson wide receiver Joe Craig was suspended from the Clemson track team for an undisclosed violation of team rules for an incident on May 22nd, and we now know the details behind his suspension. His female teammate on the track team, Marlena Wesh, was also suspended from the team. According to a report from OrangeandWhite.com's Greg Wallace, there was a rather violent and bloody confrontation between the two.

University police were called to Clemson House just after midnight after a resident witnessed Craig and another female, identified as his girlfriend, go down a hallway toward Wesh’s room.

Craig repeatedly banged on the door with a silver towel rod, leaving marks on it.

When police arrived, they witnessed Wesh emerge from an elevator on the ground floor, bleeding from her head and “screaming and hysterical.”

Craig was found in a silver Chevy Impala parked outside. According to the report, he was “bleeding profusely from his left triceps area,” and an officer tied his shirt around the wound until EMS personnel arrived.

The police report said that Wesh was "fearful for her safety" but that she opened her door to cut Craig with an eyebrow razor with a serrated blade. Craig then responded by hitting Wesh in the forehead and continued hitting her while she was on the ground. The police report also said that there was a bloody handprint on the door, and that blood was "spattered all the way down the hall to the elevator." The two teammates were then taken to a local hospital where they received treatment for their wounds, and neither pressed charges against the other.

As of now, no further action has been taken against Craig by Dabo Swinney and the football team. Craig did not have a single reception during his freshman season with the football team.

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