Michigan State University suspended quarterback Jeff Smoker's family says he's been struggling with a substance abuse problem for some time now. This as running back Dawan Moss is dismissed from the football team after his arrest on a second offense drunk driving and assault on a police officer charges.
After two weeks of speculation, MSU releases an explanation for the indefinite suspension of their star quarterback.
In a written statement, Smoker's parents say the 21-year-old is in, " a personal struggle with substance abuse."
They say he has been fighting the battle alone for some time. They are also thankful Jeff requested help when the coaching staff became aware of the problem and reacted immediately.
The family says they are also sorry for the distraction this has brought to the football team.
Meanwhile, MSU Athletics Director Ron Mason says the university will continue to support Jeff Smoker as he confronts the challenge before him.
And football coach Bobby Williams promises to help Smoker win his personal battle.