Several key UCLA football players are calling for Justin Combs to return to the squad … telling TMZ Sports the guy is a hard worker and a good friend … and he’s getting a bad rap.
As we previously reported, Combs — a redshirt junior — was asked to stay away from strength and conditioning drills for the rest of the summer following the kettlebell incident involving his dad.
Now, we’ve spoken with 3 members of the UCLA football team — important guys — who tell us they respect Justin and don’t want him off the team.
As one player put it … “Justin is a great friend and teammate. He works hard on and off the field. I hope he comes back.”
Another player said, “He is a really cool guy to be around and I hope he does come back.”
Player #3 says, “Justin works hard everyday. We go out on our own together and work on our footwork and lift weights outside of practice. I feel the coaches should let him back on the team. I know we want him back.”
Multiple sources connected to the situation tell us … Combs has not returned to UCLA since the incident … and no decision has been made on his future with the Bruins.