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Justus Parker apologizes, admits he took banned substance resulting in one-year suspension

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Texas Tech senior Justus Parker was suspended for an entire season, ending his college career, and on Tuesday he shared the reason why.

Parker admitted he took a banned supplement. He shared that he was “moving to more of a linebacker role, and needed to gain weight.” He asked for prayers and thanked many who helped him during his tenure at Texas Tech.

https://twitter.com/justus_parker/status/1151205068135370754

Texas Tech head coach Matt Wells broke the news of Parker’s suspension on Monday, noting that because Parker is a senior, he “is no longer part of the team,” per Don Williams of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

Parker was named All-Big 12 second team following his sophomore campaign, which saw him tally 42 tackles, four interceptions and forced four fumbles. A preseason All-Big 12 selection last year, he finished his junior season with 18 tackles and one sack.

This is a tough way to end one’s college football career. Yet Parker is addressing the situation head on, and for that he deserves credit.