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UPDATE: Justus Parker handed a one-year suspension by NCAA

The suspension ultimately results in the conclusion of Parker’s career as a Red Raider.

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update 2:00pm CST July 16

Justus Parker released a statement on twitter verifying the nature of his suspension. According to Parker, his one-year suspension came from the appearance of a banned substance in the results of his drug screening. Citing his need for gaining weight to compliment a move to the linebacker position, Parker admits the folly in that choice and offers no defense for his actions. The senior, as previously stated, will no longer be a part of the Red Raider team.

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Matt Wells has reportedly told Don Williams of the Lubbock-Avalanche that defensive back Justus Parker received a one-year NCAA suspension. Parker, a senior, had become an anchor on the defensive side of the ball last year with 15 solo tackles, a sack, a forced, fumble and five pass breakups. It was also his legendary interception in 2017 against Texas that helped solidify a Red Raider road victory against the Longhorns. Because Parker is a senior the one-year suspension ultimately will no longer be a part of the Texas Tech football team. Coach Wells commented that “Justus had a good career. It’s unfortunate for him, but he’s out.”

We will update this story as the news develops.