Auburn rescinded its offer for a preferred walk-on spot to safety CJ Harris because of a preexisting medical condition and not because of his usage of medicinal cannabis oil as initially reported, sources told Auburn Undercover’s Brandon Marcello on Saturday.
Harris was not cleared by the Tigers earlier this week, and it was reported that he was ineligible because of NCAA rules prohibiting players from ingesting cannabis oil, regardless of whether they do so with a prescription.
The safety used the oil as treatment for his diagnosed epilepsy every six hours, which he claimed helped him remain seizure-free since January 2017, according to Marcello’s report.
However, a source close to the program claims that Harris was instead not cleared because of the medical staff’s concerns about Harris’ epilepsy while playing a full-contact sport and potentially sustaining head trauma.
According to the report, the oil was never discussed because his medical history already made him ineligible.
Harris confirmed to WXGA-TV’s Cam Gaskins that secondary coach Greg Brown told him that he would be ruled ineligible.
“I broke down,” Harris told WXGA. “This is my dream. I saw everything lining up perfectly for me.”
Harris told the station that he is considering transferring to a junior college or NAIA school and may explore alternative medications to pass any future drug tests.