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ISU football player says coach shoved, injured him; video draws national attention

The Idaho State Journal reports today that a video showing Idaho State University head football coach Mike Kramer shoving wide receiver Derek Graves to the ground during an Oct. 3 practice is gaining national attention and was posted on ESPN.com on Tuesday night; the player reported the incident to the Pocatello Police and has retained an attorney. Graves told ESPN's “Outside the Lines,” “I’ve seen Kramer get in guys’ faces and curse them, but never saw him do anything like this or put his hands on anyone. … I was humiliated at the moment. If I retaliate, I could lose my senior season. If I didn’t do anything, I would look like a punk. It was a no-win situation.”

The college football player said he's suffered neck spasms since the shoving incident and has not been  cleared to practice or play by the ISU medical staff; you can read the State Journal's full report here, and see the ESPN report here, including the video.


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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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