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On Friday, Evan Russell was not in Tennessee's lineup. While covering a game between Missouri State and Oklahoma State, ESPN broadcaster Troy Eklund claimed Russell's absence was related to a failed drug test....
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“It was pretty crazy, failed a drug test so Evan Russell is suspended for the rest of the season," said Eklund, via Knox News. "So Tennessee is going to have the whole rest of the team tested tomorrow, or the NCAA is. So it’s going to be interesting to see if that’s just a one-player thing or throughout that is going through that whole entire program. Performance enhancing drugs is what it was said."
Tennessee was not happy with these claims and demanded a public apology...
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Problem for ESPN is that they can't fire the announcer, because he would be able to turn around and sue them for all the other announcers that have made completely false statements and didn't get fired.
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The baseball players need to show the football players what to take. Maybe they could finally beat Bama.
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You can usually tell how close to the truth you are by how strong a reaction you provoke.
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TNoon
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Listened to the clip, i have to agree, this was lame by ESPN and he was speculating. ESPN is CNN.
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Most obnoxious team and fanbase. Even worse than the weirdos from College Station.
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Hold up there little fellow. Let's pump those breaks. AGGIE has to be first in something and weird arse shite is their thing.
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Querdos
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If they don't get their apology expect to get pelted with golf balls and mustard bottles!
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Have you seen the prices for golf balls and mustard?

Tennessee Fans: Make it rain!
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Tennessee is good, but something is off with this team. I think fans from the ‘90 era of MLB can taste it in the air.
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So the whole Tennessee team was roided up. No surprise.
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except that he WAS suspended for PED's
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I would demand that the coach gets tested
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SNIFF SNIFF, THEY HURT OUR WITTLE FEELINGS.
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TNoon
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ESPN is woke and lib tarded
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O, this is ESPN, HAS TO BE TRUE...if not, this analyst can always find a place on CNN or MSNBC....
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TomLee
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Or on The Tucker Carlson Show.
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Lol at TomLee with his head in the sand.

Let's go Brandon! I know you are proud.
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Miles to Michigan
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They need to test the coach too
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Eklund just saying what everyone already knows.
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Do PEDs enhance coaching skills?
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Well what was the reason he missed the game then? You can’t say that wasn’t the reason and then not provide any further explanation.
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They absolutely can. They have no requirement to tell why. It would be ESPNs burden to provide the proof if that was the case.
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They don’t have to supply a reason, but I predict that the Streisand effect will not be kind to the Vols.
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If you could read, you would have seen that Russell’s dad released a statement saying he was getting treatment for mental health issues related to anxiety and stress. He has been cleared to return tonight and it had nothing to do with a rules violation. Makes sense why Vitello didn’t releases more as it was a family matter and a mental health issue. frick all you sorry bastards.
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If I’m ESPN I’d not only not apologize I’d go on air and say the entire team is addicted to meth
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That wouldn’t be too far off from ESPN’s liberal politics they try to force onto everyone.
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Sounds good to me. That’s more NIL money.
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What a soft move by Tennessee
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Everyone jelly of Tennessee Baseball Team. Wait until the Football Team gets going. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeths.
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Wait until the football team gets going? Lol
Gonna be waiting a long time.
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Actually, wouldn’t that be “tooths?”
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“Jelly”… are you a 12 year old girl?
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Is there a sport, heck is there anything at all, that Tennessee does not cheat in?!! Pathetic UT!!
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