Wisconsin safeties plan to fight suspensions

August, 17, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

You don't see this very often, but Wisconsin senior safeties Shane Carter and Aubrey Pleasant plan to fight the suspensions handed down Saturday by head coach Bret Bielema.

Relatives of both Carter and Pleasant told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that they're asking the university for a hearing to contest the suspensions, which will last at least through the end of preseason camp.  

Here's what Pleasant's father Garner had to say about the situation: 

"I hate to say this, but you just can't treat people any old way. I think that is what he [Bielema] is used to doing. Maybe this is how they do things at Iowa. And I hate to say that ... but I hope the guy comes to his senses. Lawyers have been contacted, and we just want the kids' names cleared."

Wow. This isn't the type of situation you want right now, especially for a Wisconsin team that supposedly improved its chemistry problems from 2008. 

The reasons behind the suspensions remain unclear -- Bielema didn't provide specifics Saturday -- but it doesn't appear as if Carter and Pleasant violated Wisconsin's student-athlete discipline policy. 

Pleasant's father and Carter's brother both said the players want to remain with Wisconsin for the season. 

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