If you haven’t or heard yet Clemson wide receiver Joe Craig was involved in an ugly incident with one of his female track teammates on May 22nd on the Clemson campus. According to the police report it was a violent and bloody scene. It led to both Craig and the female athlete, Marlena Wesh being suspended from the track team.
Here’s the short version according to the police report: Craig went over to Wesh’s place with a towel rod and starting beating on her door. She answered and ended up cutting his arm with a razor blade. He then hit her over the head with the towel rod and continued to hit her while she was lying on the floor.
When Clemson University police showed up there was blood everywhere and Wesh was bleeding from her head and hysterical. Craig’s gash was so deep an officer had to make a tourniquet to stop the bleeding until EMT’s arrived.
Again, all this happened almost two weeks ago. Despite the obvious assault by both parties police did not make any arrest and no charges were filed. The two didn’t want to press charges because they were teammates and didn’t want “bad publicity” and the two called it a “minor” incident.
Both Craig and Wesh were taken to the hospital by track coaches where they were treated and released.
According to two high ranking Clemson officials Craig is still on the football team and Dabo Swinney has taken no action. Even now, hours after the details became public Swinney has done nothing to address the Craig situation.
We contacted the Clemson Police Department to get clarification on why neither athlete was charged. The officer we spoke two declined to comment on the case and passed us along to another officer who has yet to return our call.
We have also requested a response from Swinney.
The questions here are obvious: Why hasn’t Dabo Swinney suspended Craig? Also why did the Clemson Univeristy Police Department not press charges on a clear assault and battery case?
Almost two weeks after the incident we are still waiting on those answers.