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USC Suspends RB Marc Tyler Over TMZ Video

7/18/2011 12:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

USC running back Marc Tyler has been suspended by head coach Lane Kiffin for comments he made to TMZ last week in which he insinuated the university PAYS its football players.

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Tyler insists he was "joking" outside of Voyeur nightclub in Hollywood Thursday night when he told our cameras, "USC ... they breakin' bread!"

Kiffin just released a statement saying, "I was very disappointed when I learned of Marc Tyler's inappropriate comments that were captured by the media last week. That is not the way that we expect our players to represent USC and our team."

He added, "I have consulted with athletic director Pat Haden and I am suspending Marc for our upcoming season opener and potentially further, and in the meantime I am also suspending him from all team activities.071811_marc_tyler_v3_still"



"Although Marc may find this punishment severe, it is imperative we continue to have a high standard for player behavior.  Marc needs to work hard to show us that he can meet the standards of being a USC football player."

We spoke to Lane Kiffin last night in L.A. -- but he had no comment.

Tyler has also issued an apology ... saying, "I am disappointed that I let down all the people who have supported me as I have been working through some personal issues."

He continued, "I realize how my behavior and my statements, even though I was joking, can reflect poorly on so many people ... I accept my punishment and I regret that I will miss the opening game of my senior year. "



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76.

Amanda    

We're friends with the Tyler family and they are going through some **** right now none of you would understand. Let a kid be a kid.

1004 days ago
77.

Al in SoCal    

Might be nice that instead of USC paying them for playing football they instead teach them how to speak in complete sentences.

1004 days ago
78.

JAZ    

USC suspends a player from the team until the day BEFORE the first game? I'm sure he is training separately, the coach is giving him a play book on the side so when the first game is started, he will be a starter and he learns nothing from this suspension. Punish badboy players like this by suspending them from GAMES, not by keeping them from meetings/practices with the team.

1004 days ago
79.

MDubShing    

WE BREAKIN BREAD!!! Thas wha I'm tawn' bout..

1003 days ago
80.

K TK LI    

AFTER RIGGIE BUSH, MARC TYLER STILL IS DOING THIS FUNKIE STUFF SHOOTING HIS MOUTH OFF. USC FOOTBALL HAVE SUFFERED ENOUGH BY THESE PUNKS.

1003 days ago
81.

Bubb Rub    

Mad props to Tyler for keeping it real. He jus esprerssing himself. You all are haters just bcuz he run real fast with da ball.

1002 days ago
82.

allpeople212    

USC and wishy washy Lane Kiffin knows Tyler is telling the truth, intoxicated or not.

956 days ago
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