Troubled footballer turned educational speaker Maurice Clarett is on LSU’s campus Tuesday and spoke to members of the football team, a school spokesman confirmed.
Clarett, a former Ohio State running back who was dismissed from OSU and then had a host of off-the-field issues, has been traveling the nation speaking to college and high school football teams. It’s unclear exactly how many players Claurett spoke to, but we know at least one – safety Jamal Adams.
Clarett tweeted Tuesday afternoon that a thunderstorm stopped him from getting a complete tour of LSU’s campus.
Clarett, 31, helped lead the Buckeyes to the 2002 national championship as the team’s star freshman running back. He was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year that season before his life took a turn. He eventually served three and a half years in prison.
Clarett was dismissed from OSU in 2003 after a variety of offenses. He was part of an academic scandal, was spotted yelling at his position coach and publicly chided OSU administrators. Also, Clarett, a former five star recruit from Warren, Ohio, was charged with filing a false police report and later pleaded guilty to lesser charges.
He might be best known for challenging the NFL’s rule in 2004 that a player must wait three years after graduating from high school to declare for the draft. He initially won the challenge in court before that ruling was reversed.
Clarett was drafted in 2005 by the Broncos and lasted just a few months with the team. He was arrested the next year on robbery charges. He pleaded guilty and served three and a half years in jail before his release in April 2010.
LSU has seen a string of arrests of late. The school has had five football players arrested over the last month: OL Jevonte Domond,QB Anthony Jennings, DB Dwayne Thomas, DL Maquedius Bain and DT Trey Lealaimatafao, who was dismissed from the team Monday.
Before visiting LSU, Clarett visited a couple of high school teams, according to his Instagram account.