Cordell Broadus, the son of rap star Snoop Dogg and one of the top high school football recruits in the nation, was suspended this week after his cheap shot on an opponent sparked an on-field brawl.
The incident reportedly took placed during an Oct. 18 football game between Diamond Bar High School and Diamond Ranch High School, a pair of institutions in California, TMZ reports. Broadus, 16, is a highly-touted wide receiver for Diamond Bar High.
At one point during the game, a hard tackle appears to have led to a shoving match between each team’s players, TMZ notes. As the skirmish comes to an end, Broadus, who can be seen wearing a purple No. 21 jersey, sneaks up behind a Diamond Ranch football player and appears to punch him in the head.
While TMZ’s footage of the incident cuts out after the punch, the website reports that Broadus’ alleged cheap shot resulted in a full-scale brawl between the two schools. The bench-clearing fight reportedly escalated to such an extent that the game had to be called off by officials.
Broadus’ alleged role in the melee led the California Interscholastic Federation, which controls high school football in the state, to suspend the 16-year-old, TMZ reports. While Broadus was identified as one of several players suspended for the incident, the exact details of his suspension were not revealed.
Although Broadus is considered to be one of the country’s top high school recruits for college programs, the suspension could have serious implications for his future in football. The 6-foot-3 wide receiver is reportedly being recruited by several top universities, including Notre Dame, LSU, UCLA and USC, but evidence of an attitude problem could cause some schools to reconsider their efforts.
TMZ reports that it attempted to contact Snoop Dogg about his son’s suspension, but the rapper’s representatives have yet to respond.
This isn’t the first time that Broadus has found himself in the news for a dubious reason. The 16-year-old made headlines in September after voicing his appreciation of USC’s decision to fire head coach Lane Kiffin, despite the fact that the school has yet to offer him a scholarship.
Tom Barrabi is a reporter for the International Business Times. He graduated from Fairfield University in 2011, and has also written for Men's Fitness, Complex, GuySpeed, and...