Clemons’ non-participation in Mountaineer Mascot duties extended one game

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Troy Clemons, West Virginia
University’s Mountaineer
Mascot, will not participate in events surrounding this weekend’s
home football game against Iowa State.

This is the second week Clemons has not participated in the
wake of his arrest on Oct. 27 for speeding and misdemeanor driving under the
influence. Alternate Mountaineer Trevor Kiess will assume the duties this

Clemons will return to his role as Mascot on Nov. 11.
Conditions surrounding his continued service include zero-tolerance for
alcohol-related incidents or arrest, and are dependent on the outcome of any
student conduct and legal proceedings stemming from the arrest. He will also work
with appropriate University initiatives and service related to alcohol abuse
and conduct.

In a statement, Clemons said: “I want to apologize to
everyone impacted by the events that transpired Oct. 27, 2017. I am deeply
disheartened by my decision and regret letting down West Virginia
University, my family, friends, colleagues and myself. I will not let
this mistake define me and I will embrace every opportunity to right my wrongs
and help others, along with myself, learn from the incident. This is not
something that I intend to forget about, rather use it as a tool for
betterment. I am sincerely sorry to everyone who has been impacted and
appreciate the support I’ve received since last Friday morning. I look
forward to continuing to be involved with the state
and the university that I love.”



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