|Weslye Saunders also had problems coming out of the University of South Carolina. (US Presswire)|
At one point in time, tight end Weslye Saunders was talked about as a potential first-round draft pick, but ultimately, a foot injury and a troubled reputation caused him to go unselected in 2010. He landed in Pittsburgh and started six of 16 games this season, catching four passes for 29 yards and a touchdown.
Now, he’s apparently landed in more trouble, as Aaron Wilson of Scout.com is reporting that Saunders has been suspended for the first four games of 2012.
At this point, it’s unclear why Saunders has been suspended, but he’s had character concerns going back to his days at the University of South Carolina. During his senior year, he was suspended before the season began and then was kicked off the squad completely in mid-September 2010.
He was questioned by the NCAA about potential agent contact during a party in Miami in the spring of 2010. Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier said Saunders was suspended for violations that were not connected to the NCAA inquiry.
Saunders was allowed by the school to participate in Pro Day in March of 2011 even though he had fractured his left foot. He also admitted to lying to Spurrier about why he was late for practice and lying to NCAA officials.
"Fabricating a story, or not even telling the whole truth, is the same as telling a lie," he told the Charleston Post and Courier in March. "Being truthful is the biggest thing. A man is only as good as his word. That's what I've learned most."
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