The Texas A&M Aggies dismissed two defenders on Tuesday afternoon, including Darian Claiborne who was the team’s best player late in the 2013 season, and defensive tackle Isaiah Golden, according to Brent Zwerneman.
“These two individuals have failed to meet the high expectations and standards that we have for our football players and as representatives of this university,” A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said. “These two players have exhibited a pattern of behavior that we will not tolerate at Texas A&M.”
The two players were involved in an armed robbery when three victims made an arrangement to purchase marijuana from them and instead robbed them at gunpoint with one of the victims also being struck in the head from one of the two players. You can read the full police report here from the College Station Police Department.
Claiborne tied for the team lead with 89 tackles last season at the middle linebacker position while being named to the SEC All-Freshman team. He was suspended for the Chick-fil-A bowl game last year vs. Duke following an arrest for marijuana possession.
According to Sports Illustrated, “Claiborne was arrested on Dec. 22 on charges of possession of a dangerous drug and possession of less than two ounces of marijuana, according to the Brazos County Jail website. He was arrested at about 3 p.m. and released less than two hours later after posting $6,000 bond.
Claiborne was arrested again in late February for a noise violation after he was reportedly yelling while the police were questioning people after Golden was arrested for possession of marijuana at the Reveille Ranch Apartments.
Golden had 32 tackles last season playing at nose guard.
Both players were going to be sophomores this upcoming season and expected to be valuable contributors for a unit that was among the worst in the SEC last season.
What happens next for these two talented, yet troubled, football players remains to be seen. Perhaps they transfer to a junior college program to play football this season and think about transferring to another FBS season in 2015.
One thing we can all hope is that they stay out of trouble, rededicate themselves to school and don’t become the latest players to fall in to the wasted talent category.