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Former Peachtree Ridge football player dismissed from Air Force

In this Oct. 1, 2011, file photo, Air Force running back Asher Clark (17) scores on a 23-yard touchdown run during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Navy in Annapolis, Md. Clark is no longer enrolled at the academy amid a newspaper report that he was caught up in an investigation into illegal drug use. The (Colorado Springs) Gazette, citing sources it did not name, said Clark is among 31 cadets that were the subject of an investigation into illegal drug use. Academy spokesman David Cannon says the Privacy Act precludes him from disclosing the reason for Clark's dismissal that comes less than a week before graduation. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez, File)

In this Oct. 1, 2011, file photo, Air Force running back Asher Clark (17) scores on a 23-yard touchdown run during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Navy in Annapolis, Md. Clark is no longer enrolled at the academy amid a newspaper report that he was caught up in an investigation into illegal drug use. The (Colorado Springs) Gazette, citing sources it did not name, said Clark is among 31 cadets that were the subject of an investigation into illegal drug use. Academy spokesman David Cannon says the Privacy Act precludes him from disclosing the reason for Clark's dismissal that comes less than a week before graduation. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez, File)

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — Air Force running back Asher Clark is no longer enrolled at the academy amid a newspaper report that he was caught up in an investigation into illegal drug use.

Academy spokesman David Cannon says the Privacy Act precludes him from disclosing the reason for Clark's dismissal that comes less than a week before graduation.

The (Colorado Springs) Gazette, citing sources it did not name, said Clark, a Peachtree Ridge grad, is among 31 cadets that were the subject of an investigation into illegal drug use.

Clark finished his career as the school's second all-time leading rusher with 3,594 yards. He was selected to the Mountain West Conference second-team squad last season.

He was excluded from the Falcons' trip to the White House last month as they received the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy from President Barack Obama.

Comments

ssilover1 2 years, 6 months ago

Another instance of throwing opportunity away like it is nothing.

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pac 2 years, 6 months ago

An Appointment to and a degree from a service academy will pretty much set you up for life. Any employer would hire you. What a total waste of a golden opportunity.

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Gundoctor1 2 years, 6 months ago

Well, Pac, he can still be a senator, or a congressman! Obviously there standards for employment are not that high. Asher for president!!!!!

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nawggin 2 years, 6 months ago

He didn't even get to go to the White House!

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Susan 2 years, 6 months ago

He can go there when he's elected president.

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Dubbin 2 years, 6 months ago

Just another jock totin' the rock. You'll see him on Cops in a couple years.

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Don 2 years, 6 months ago

So with a week to go they dismiss him? I wonder if he has any military duty owed for the free education he has recieved. Any college will transfer the credits!

I wonder if these were performance enhancing or just run of the mill street drugs?

He needs to serve time in the military for the education he has received so far. Now not as an officer but a grunt, as much as Air Force has.

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Bruce 2 years, 6 months ago

I remember Asher training prior to high school. He and his family worked hard. I have read this newspaper for awhile now, and know that it is often urged to look away from certain athletes in order to promote atheltes from the preferred schools like Brookwood and Mill Creek. The public just follows suit. Now, that this young man made a mistake, persons who formally ignored him are just standing by to pounce. Typical.

Asher comes from a great, hard working family, and I pray for them.

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dikpa 2 years, 6 months ago

No, no, no, Bruce! You are dead wrong with the "newspaper" comment. The newspaper shows no preference in its reporting, whatsoever. This sad story originated from the Associated Press, and the local paper is duty-bound to report it, since it is about one of our own. Had it been that Asher was headed to the Dallas Cowboys, the newspaper would have chronicled his football career from Pee Wee league to the Airforce Academy. Please continue praying for the Clark family and stop the distraction.

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Bruce 2 years, 6 months ago

dikpa, it is irrelevant where the story originated. This paper bought the story which is relevant. What I find disgusting, along with your attempt at indirect sarcasism, is the holier than thou attitude that is present in the comments here. People act like no one in their family has not, or will not ever make a mistake. Clark is still young, and at that age it should be expected to make mistakes. He still has enough time to reform.

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dikpa 2 years, 5 months ago

Bruce, I don't think you recognized the magnitude of this incident. Please ignore these unsavory comments and what you perceive as my "attempt at indirect sarcasm" and continue to pray for the young man and his family. We could easily be on the same page, if you were not focused on the negatives.

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