Two days after being dismissed from the Oregon football team after a third incident with the law in less than six months, cornerback Cliff Harris publicly spoke about the situation for the first time.
Through a message on his Facebook under the name “Kash Cliff Harris,” the former All-American apologized on Wednesday to his fans and gave support to his former teammates:
To all my fans and supporters that love what I do(or did) at the University of Oregon I want to apologize for the circumstances that got me kicked off the team. Its more than what the media portrays and I’m not able to speak on it as of now but tune in for the Rose Bowl January 2, 2012 @ 3p.m. and watch my Ducks get down against Wisconsin Badgers. GO DUCKS!!!!! Lets Bring it Home!!!!
The Ducks announced Monday Harris was dismissed for a “violation of team rules.”
On Nov. 25, Harris, already serving a team imposed suspension, was cited but not arrested by police in his native Fresno, Calif., for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. The junior also had separate traffic related incidents in which both times he was caught driving with a suspended license in October and June, when he was pulled over for driving in excess of 100 miles per hour on the freeway.
A lockdown corner and electrifying punt returner, Harris saw his draft stock ascend tremendously after last season. But his stock has since plummeted due to obvious red flags being raised about his maturity and for receiving minimal playing time this season due to the team’s disciplinary actions.
I want to give him the benefit of the doubt and say his Facebook message Wednesday was sincere, but I feel like it was a calculated effort to save whatever football future he has left. Harris would be eligible for the 2012 NFL draft but also has a year of college eligibility left should he decide to transfer elsewhere.