Washington State Jalen Thompson Loses Final Year Of Eligibility Due To Violation Of NCAA Rules
Washington State all-conference safety Jalen Thompson has lost a year of eligibility; this is because of breaking NCCA regulations. He will now head towards his professional career by entering the NFL supplemental draft.
Jalen Thompson’s position was revealed on Saturday by the school. The school did not publish detail specifications of violating NCCA rules.
However, The Spokesman-Review mentions, Thompson violating NCCA regulations started when he purchased over the counter drugs from a local nutrition store; the source assured that the supplement was not a steroid.
In a statement, Washington State University (WSU) affirmed that Thompson will not return to the Cougars and said:
“Washington State University safety Jalen Thompson will not return for his senior season after losing his final year of eligibility due to a violation of NCCA rules. Thompson has entered the NFL Supplemental Draft set for later next month.”
Jalen Thompson received the news on Friday. NFL Network, internal person Ian Rapoport was the first to know about the news that Thompson was removed from his last season of eligibility.
Ian Rapoport stated on Twitter,
“A key entrance into the supplemental draft: Washington State S Jalen Thompson, who learned yesterday he lost his eligibility for the 2019 season and applied to be drafted in July. He hired agent Brad Cicala and is heading into the NFL.”
Thompson wrote a letter to his WSU fan and posted it on Twitter on Saturday saying, he would like to take a few minutes and thank my family, friends, coaches, Washington State teammates, staff and most important thank all my Cougar fans and like to inform them that I will not return to Washington State for the next season.
Further, he mentioned on Twitter, extremely pleased for the opportunity the coach members offered him at Washington State and also wished his teammates- good luck for the next season. He will always remain a cougar and appreciated his fans for their enormous support, which he enjoyed most. He said it’s time for me to take the next bold move in my football career and will accept all the challenges lying ahead of me and anticipate it. ‘Thank you and Go Cougs forever.’
As per Rapoport, Thompson, ex-ESPN Freshman All American who received All-Pac-12 honors expected to be picked up in the NFL supplemental draft.
The exit of Thompson is widely going to affect defensive secondary of WSU that currently has two starters, namely Marcus Strong cornerback and Skyler Thomas, moved to nickel.
Bryce Beekman, junior college transfer created a good impact at spring camp and expected to be new free safety of WSU following Thomas, who moved to nickel from safety.
Wishes for Thompson Pour out
Several WSU teammates of Thompson posted an emotional message on social media Twitter.
Strong posted, the true soldier, you have bigger things lie ahead of you, love you.
Liam Ryan-offensive lineman stated, painfully you had to end your profession in such a way with us, but bigger things are waiting for you. Show them wrong G! Love you brother.
Jahad Woods, linebacker mentioned, see you in NFL brother.
Syr Riley, an offensive lineman, posted,
“one of the first people to take me under their wing and make sure I was straight. You treated me like a lil brother. Gods got a play for you JT; you built for this!”