The suspensions for Georgia Tech football players Jalen Johnson and Christian Campbell have ended, according to Johnson’s high-school coach. Both players, who were suspended indefinitely Nov. 2 from playing in games, have been cleared to play in Saturday’s home game against Virginia at Bobby Dodd Stadium. A team spokesman confirmed the reinstatement.
Both players were suspended Nov. 2 after being involved in an incident Oct. 30 at a Tech fraternity. Johnson was arrested by campus police and charged with simple battery. Campbell was not charged.
Johnson’s coach at Oneonta (Ala.) High, Don Jacobs, said that he learned Friday from Johnson and his family that both players had been reinstated. Jacobs came to Johnson’s defense following the suspension, strongly defending his former player’s character and expressing his confidence that Johnson would be cleared of wrongdoing.
“It was exactly what I told you from the get-go,” Jacobs said.
Campbell and Johnson were suspended while the school’s Office of Student Integrity investigated the incident.
They missed games against North Carolina and Virginia Tech. Both Johnson and Campbell are backup safeties and mostly play special-teams roles.
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