Clemson's Joe Craig involved in “high and aggravated assault” with female track teammate

Joe Craig catches a pass during warmups.

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Joe Craig catches a pass during warmups.

— Last week, Clemson two-sport athlete Joe Craig was suspended from the Tigers’ track team for an undisclosed violation of team rules. According to an incident report from the Clemson University Police Department, that incident involved “assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature” with a female team member, Marlena Wesh.

Wesh was also suspended from the team for the May 22 incident. Craig is also a redshirt freshman wide receiver on Clemson’s football team. Clemson sports information director Tim Bourret said that no further action has been taken against Craig by coach Dabo Swinney.

The incident report, however, paints a vivid picture of the evening’s events.

University police were called to Clemson House just after midnight after a resident witnessed Craig and another female, identified as his girlfriend, go down a hallway toward Wesh’s room.

Craig repeatedly banged on the door with a silver towel rod, leaving marks on it.

When police arrived, they witnessed Wesh emerge from an elevator on the ground floor, bleeding from her head and “screaming and hysterical.”

Craig was found in a silver Chevy Impala parked outside. According to the report, he was “bleeding profusely from his left triceps area,” and an officer tied his shirt around the wound until EMS personnel arrived.

Police took an eyebrow razor with a serrated blade from Wesh, listed on the report as a “lethal cutting weapon.” She told police that the two had an argument earlier at a pool party, and Craig showed up again at her room.

She was “fearful for her safety,” but opened the door and cut him with the blade.

According to the report, Craig then “hit her in the forehead and continued hitting her when she was on the ground.”

Police observed a “bloody handprint” on the door of Wesh’s room as well as blood “spattered all the way down the hall to the elevator.”

Clemson track coaches took both athletes to Oconee Memorial Hospital, where they were treated, given stitches and released.

The two declined to press charges against each other, citing the fact that they were “teammates,” that it was “bad publicity,” and that the incident was “minor.”

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Comments » 3

zeldaz writes:

If there is blood shed, then no "incident" is minor!

zilforreal writes:

Sounds like some high quality folks. Let the criminal justice system work but here is one vote that he is through at Clemson.

33dtb writes:

What kind of man hits a woman?

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