AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 19: A general view of Jordan-Hare Stadium during the game between the Auburn Tigers and the West Virginia Mountaineers on September 19, 2009 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)C.J. Harris was set to play for Auburn football this season. The Georgia native called it “a dream,” after he was offered the chance to be a walk-on for the Tigers. However, a medication that he takes to battle seizures is banned by the NCAA, and may not be able to play.As a sophomore in high school, C.J. Harris was diagnosed with epilepsy, after suffering his fourth seizure. It took until January 2017, after 14 total seizures, for doctors to find a medication that worked. Harris began taking cannabis oil, and has been completely seizure-free for over a year.Cannabis oil contains a small amount of THC, which is banned by the NCAA and shows up in drug tests. Because of this, he cannot play for the Tigers while on the medication.The situation has put the Harris family in a really tough bind. From WGXA:Curtis said telling his son he couldn’t play college football was “the hardest thing I’ve done.” He compared it to the conversation his father had with him at the age of 6, when his father told him and his sister that their mother had passed away.“You’re taking something away from a kid who’s worked so hard in his life to get there,” Curtis said. “And you’re just taking it away because he’s taking a medication that’s helping with his disability.”Cannabis oil is the only medication that has worked to prevent C.J. Harris from having more seizures.Now, he is looking for alternate options on both the medicine and football fronts. If he cannot find an alternate medicine that passes NCAA regulations, he may have to play at a lower level:Now, it seems like Harris has two options — find a new medicine or give up on his dreams of playing NCAA football.He’s currently looking at some junior colleges and NAIA programs to play for next season. Harris also says he’ll check in with some new doctors in the coming months to see if there are any alternate medicines he could take that would allow him to pass a drug test and play at the highest level of college football.This is a brutal situation for someone like Harris, whose dream has been to play college football, and may lose the chance through no fault of his own. You would hope that an exception could be made for him, given his medical situation, but that is not generally how the NCAA operates.[WGXA]
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A college football player was hospitalized with a “serious head injury” on Saturday night. Here is an update on his status.Christion Abercrombie, a linebacker for Tennessee State, collapsed and was taken to the hospital during his team’s loss to Vanderbilt on Saturday evening.The school’s president, Dr. Glenda Glover, issued an update on his status this afternoon:“The TSU family asks for your continued prayers for Christion Abercrombie and his family. Christion remains hospitalized following an on-the-field injury during the TSU Vandy football game. Again, please keep him and the family in your thoughts and prayers,” she writes.The TSU family asks for your continued prayers for Christion Abercrombie and his family. Christion remains hospitalized following an on-the-field injury during the TSU Vandy football game. Again, please keep him and the family in your thoughts and prayers. #PrayersForChristion— Dr. Glenda Glover (@gloverpres) September 30, 2018Abercrombie began his collegiate career at Illinois. He redshirted the 2016 season and played in several games in 2017 before transferring to Tennessee State.Our thoughts are with Christion and his family. Stay tuned for updates.
The parents, in particular the father, thought that there had been a ‘conspiracy’ and that the professionals had not acted appropriatelyMr Justice Baker A Muslim man whose children have been taken into care after a High Court judge decided that they had been abused has complained of social workers being prejudiced against him.Mr Justice Baker has concluded two boys had been been hit, punched and kicked by their father – and said beatings had been “plainly abusive”.He concluded that the couple had used “physical abuse” in a bid to discipline their large family and has ruled that all their children should live away from home.The man had spoken of “the racism in this country” – and he and his wife thought that there had been a “conspiracy” against them. Detail has emerged in the latest in a number of rulings on the case by Mr Justice Baker following private family court hearings in London.Local authority social services bosses had asked the judge to make decisions about where the youngsters’ best interests lay. No one involved was identified.The father had put forward a “complex conspiracy theory” to explain allegations made by his children, said the judge.He had also said at one stage “you have to understand the racism in this country” and had added “a white jury will always a convict a black man”.”They acknowledged that they had used physical chastisement, but not that there had been significant harm caused to any of the children as a result,” said Mr Justice Baker.”There was further evidence that the parents, in particular the father, thought that there had been a ‘conspiracy’ and that the professionals had not acted appropriately.”The parents reported physically chastising the children by ‘a tap on the bottom’, ‘a clip on the ear’ and ‘a tap on the hand’.”The judge said: “He acknowledged that he and his wife had practised physical chastisement in a minor way but not the kicking and punching described by the local authority which this court had found. He … asserted that the local authority is prejudiced against him.”However, Mr Justice Baker concluded the allegations had been proved and said: “The parents used physical abuse as a method of trying to maintain discipline over their large family which they struggled to control.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.