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Added October 14th, 2014 by Ian

Georgia football fans ask President Obama to overturn player’s suspension

College football star Todd Gurley of the University of Georgia was an early season favourite for the Heisman Trophy this year, that was until he was suspended by the school on October 9 for allegedly breaking NCAA rules. An investigation is still underway and Gurley will have to sit out until it’s been completed. It’s believed that the running back took a small amount of money earlier this year during a memorabilia-signing event and could now be banned for the remainder of the 2014 season.

Georgia fans aren’t happy with this turn of events and have decided to do something about it. The entertaining Gurley was leading the SEC in rushing with 773 yards at the time of the suspension and also had eight touchdowns, which ranked him as number six in the nation.

Georgia supporters figured the best way to get Gurley’s ban overturned was to go to the top man, which of course is President Barack Obama. The fans started a petition which asks Obama to, “Pardon Gurley for any possibly wrongdoings” and to order both “The NCAA and UGA to cancel any investigations.”

The petition already had several thousand signatures on it just a few hours after it was written up and distributed online. The goal is to reach 100,000 signatures by the first week of November and it had reached about 10,000 by October 12. There’s no doubt that Georgia will miss Gurley’s skills since he represents a good deal of the team’s offence. The college could allow him to play sooner rather than later, but their decision won’t be swayed by the petition to President Obama at the White House. Georgia was 4-1 on the season at the time of Gurley’s ban and were sitting in a second-place tie in the SEC East Division.

However, they had no problem reaching first place in the division when they beat the Missouri Tigers 36-0 on October 11, which was the first game Gurley had to sit out.

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