Iowa State players quick to defend fans after Park interview


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Iowa State quarterback Jacob Park makes an adjustment before the snap in the second half against Iowa. The Cyclones were defeated, 44-41.

Jack Macdonald

As first reported by the Des Moines Register, now-former Iowa State quarterback Jacob Park asked head coach Matt Campbell for his release from the football team on Dec. 11. 

Park had been sidelined since Oct. 6 with “personal health issues”, but yesterday he claimed that it was for a failed drug test stemming from marijuana usage. 

The original suspension was only supposed to be for the Oct. 7 game at Oklahoma, but it extended for the remainder of the 2017 season. 

In the interview with the Register, Park talked about the loyalty of Iowa State fans and how he saw them turn on him. 

“Everybody says these fans are so loyal, right?” Park said to Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register. “Like, they were the first ones to turn on me. I got to witness this from a whole other perspective that most of you never get to witness.”

However, several football players came to the defense of Cyclone fans on Twitter. It started with a tweet from redshirt senior defensive end J.D. Waggoner and followed with tweets from redshirt senior linebacker and quarterback Joel Lanning, redshirt junior tight end Cole Anderson and redshirt junior running back Mike Warren.