South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney, Steve Spurrier both ‘arrested’ over weekend

You have to hand it to Steve Spurrier for his ability make a point.

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Jadeveon Clowney — the nation’s top recruit and South Carolina’s top signee — was handcuffed and detained briefly by police Friday in the Five Points area of downtown Columbia. Apparently the 6-foot-6, 250-pound Clowney fit the description of a robbery suspect who allegedly held up a convenience story earlier that night (how much you want to bet the accuser was a Clemson fan?).

Anyway, anticipating media questions about the incident the next day, Spurrier had Columbia’s chief of police come out to the field and “arrest” him during his post-practice media briefing. The “incident” was caught on video.

Spurrier’s point was a good one. Anyone can be handcuffed, detained and questioned. It doesn’t mean they’re a bad person. He did, however, chastise the 18-year-old, high school senior for being out in the city’s nightclub district at 2 in the morning.

But, of course, you can’t be arrested for that.

183 comments Add your comment

really

March 28th, 2011
11:00 am

And he wonders why people don’t like him… this kid won’t make it long on the team. If he can play at all due to his academic struggles.

really

March 28th, 2011
11:01 am

GOCAWKS

March 28th, 2011
11:02 am

A row of 4 bars in a block isn’t exactly a “nightclub district”. It’s just a crappy area of the town.

UGASlobberknocker

March 28th, 2011
11:05 am

It’s against my nature, but over the years I have gradually come to like and respect the Evil Genius. This was a good way to get his point across.

One thing worries me though..EG is starting to get cocky again..that means he thinks he has a good team. That aint good.

BG

March 28th, 2011
11:08 am

Old ball coach has the police department in his front pocket.

Here Spot

March 28th, 2011
11:10 am

Good…put them both behind bars, WHERE THEY BELONG!!

DawginLex

March 28th, 2011
11:10 am

Anybody been to Columbia?

The whole place is a big crapfest.

It’s amazing how anyone would want to live or go to school there.

cajdawg

March 28th, 2011
11:11 am

It is a shame the cop didn’t give him “some loving” with the billy club.

Dawg14

March 28th, 2011
11:13 am

Here Spot, you did not read the article did you?

BG

March 28th, 2011
11:16 am

Spirrier better be glad he doesn’t coach in Athens. The Athens PD will arrest someone for spitting on the ground.

IL Jacket

March 28th, 2011
11:16 am

It seems to me that CSS by his actions is making a bit of a mockery of the whole law enforcement process. Yes, it was an unfortunate case of mistaken identity but I don’t think you make light of it. It just seems to say to the athlete that Coach has got your back. No wonder so many athletes don’t think the laws apply to them.

BG

March 28th, 2011
11:16 am

Sorry, Spurrier

RGB

March 28th, 2011
11:16 am

“Handcuffed and detained” does not equate to an arrest.

Another false, inaccurate, misleading headline.

Gamechicken

March 28th, 2011
11:17 am

Soooo it’s ok for an 18 year old to be in a bar at 2am?

murfdawg

March 28th, 2011
11:18 am

Mistaken identity? Really? I have spent a little time in Columbia and I have not run into a lot of 6′ ‘7″ 260lb guys in a convenience store. There has to be something else to this story. Also, the kid has been on campus two months and SOS is running interference for him. Sounds like another Garcia to me. And I don’t mean Jerry.

A LOT OF THESE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE CLUELESS

March 28th, 2011
11:19 am

I don’t understand for the likes of me why so many young people make so many dumb & stupid life choices. When I was a kid, I knew if I did drugs, I would become an addict & it would destroy my life, if I rob a bank, kill someone, break in someone’s house, steal their car, etc., I am going to prison & my life would not only be destroyed, but would be over. How hard is this to understand with this generation of brainless young people. I don’t care how much education, money, political clout, etc., their parents have, these young people from ALL walks of life are just plain idiots. Even if the odds are against you, it’s up to you to make the right life decisions & turn your life around. If you were given everything growing up as a kid, the real world doesn’t quite work that way & it’s up to you to make your mark in life when your rich Mommy & Daddy are in heaven. Young people, there are consequences in life & if you choose not to get your education, how far do you think you will get in life? If you choose to be a drug addict and/or seller, how far do you think you will get in life? I’t up to YOU how you want your life to play out in your lifetime. What a big disappointment with these young people these days.

AltamahaDawg

March 28th, 2011
11:19 am

Nice to know that in some areas of the south, a call from the coach still finds a police department willing to lift a finger (money, time, effort, potential liability) to actually assist the local football program.

Highly Suspect

March 28th, 2011
11:20 am

This sounds like a staged event. Obviously Spurrier’s was, but Clowney’s is a bit suspect. How many times does 6′ 7″, 260lbs ever fit the description. My conspiracy theory is that someone spotted Clowney out on the town, alerted Spurrier and Spurrier made a call to the policy to pick him up. “Scared straight”. Not a bad idea to implement if you ask me.

DawgLink

March 28th, 2011
11:25 am

There are always cases of mistaken identity. But, to make a mockery out of the police for his athlete is wrong. I would think that the police will be breathing harder on him and his boys now.

1eyedJack

March 28th, 2011
11:34 am

A LOT OF THESE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE CLUELESS, it’s called personal responsibility and many of these kids have none. Some have never been told no or really punished for anything.

JoeV

March 28th, 2011
11:34 am

(how much you want to bet the accuser was a Clemson fan?)

What an irresponsible comment. You call yourself a journalist?

USMC DAWG

March 28th, 2011
11:35 am

Anyone want to guess who the new owner of a suite @ Williams-Brice stadium is?

Mark

March 28th, 2011
11:42 am

Just another biased Headline against South Carolina….. At least Spurrier wont be coaching the longest yard team like Richt this year

VolsRule

March 28th, 2011
11:42 am

Wow – 18 and at nightclubs – sounds like he would be a good fit with our team in Knoxville!

loanman225

March 28th, 2011
11:44 am

Run while you can Clowney and get the hell out of Columbia!!!!

Matt

March 28th, 2011
11:44 am

I’m not sure how Spurrier staging an arrest makes a mockery of the police department. To me it shows that Spurries is trying to say that just due to getting arrested doesn’t make you a criminal or even a bad person. Basically, let’s get some details before we crap all over the kid. Most that are not USC fans are going to talk about how bad this is, yada, yada, yada, but come on actually read and think about the actions. Also, I would imagine that the many UGA fans on here wich Richt could do something like this but due to all the real arrests he can’t even dream about it. Side note, not a USC, GT or UGA fan. Just one trying to read and thank about what is happening rather than being close minded due to it being from a team I do not cheer for.

puff

March 28th, 2011
11:48 am

Chip, the header on the home page could fit the nature of the story more accurately. First impressions matter, and the first impression a reader gets is very different from the blog content. Dean Drewry would chastise your online headline writer.

The Original WDE

March 28th, 2011
11:49 am

“And he wonders why people don’t like him…”

Haha what a joke. You only don’t like him because you losers rarely beat him, even when you have a lopsided recruiting advantage.

Let’s not mention the way he lit yall up while he was at Florida.

I for one love Steve Spurrier. I wish I was his nephew or something.

UGAJD

March 28th, 2011
11:51 am

I agree with RGB. The headline is misleading, and so was the tease on the AJC home page. The editor needs to be ‘arrested’.

North Ave Trade School Hater

March 28th, 2011
11:52 am

Hell, I want to know who this suspect is if he is the same size as Clowney.

shankit

March 28th, 2011
11:53 am

Not a Spurrier fan, but it was an imaginative
move by the evil genius to make an impression
on his players, and perhaps avoid making the
current Sports Illustrated top rated 25 programs
with the most criminal arrests.
And, Georgia was not on this list, but the Gators
were ranked around 7th or so.

RichmondDawg

March 28th, 2011
11:54 am

In some states, including Virginia, someone can be in a nightclub at 18+ but you can’t drink. They give you a wristband or a stamp if you are of age. Not a big deal.

Matthew

March 28th, 2011
11:55 am

Alot of young people- we live in a different world today. 2nd, 3rd, and sometimes 4th chances are all too common nowadays. Mediocrity is awarded, everyone should get a trophy, noone needs to be made to feel bad or inferior (it might hurt their self-esteem). Look at your local school system as a prime example. Kids are given re-tests, allowed to hand in work that is a week late, take recovery classes. Then the “enablers” look around and wonder why the world is the way it is. It’s really sad.

On another note; Clowney, at 6′6 250 lbs, was the victim of mistaken identity??

DawginLex

March 28th, 2011
11:55 am

Yeah WDE, Richt’s 4-2 against him. We rarely beat him

Clemson Dawn

March 28th, 2011
11:55 am

Why would a Clemson fan call in a ‘convenience store robbery’ when the kid was probably drunk and could’ve been arrested for underage drinking or DUI? See, we Clemson graduates actually think about things…which means Mr. Clowney made the right choice in going to Columbia. He would never fit in with us. And yes, Spurrier is making a mockery of the police. If I were a Columbia resident, I would wonder why the heck my police chief has time and resources to do fake arrests/detainments.

DawginLex

March 28th, 2011
11:58 am

Don’t worry though WDE, auburn has an insurmountable lead in the 2011 Fulmer Cup race

///http:www.everydayshouldbesaturday.com/

McDawg

March 28th, 2011
12:02 pm

getting arrested in SC doesn’t make you a bad person but speeding on a moped in Athens makes you a Thug

sonny

March 28th, 2011
12:02 pm

my son was arrested for urinating in public walking back to dorm from stadium. he was in the woods 50 ft. deep and she did not see him but the dummy admitted it and was locked up. the athens police are so aggressive.

WmG

March 28th, 2011
12:04 pm

Some day – as the world grows safer and more bland and correct by the year – we’ll miss all the colorful characters such as Spurrier who don’t fit into a humdrum mold. Decades ago there were politicians, coaches and others in the public eye who were bigger than life. But nowadays, most are bland and do their best to seem as if they are the person next door.

McDawg

March 28th, 2011
12:05 pm

could you imagine the hysteria if one of UGAs prized recruits was arressted

timthebrave

March 28th, 2011
12:05 pm

He better be glad he didn’t pull that stunt in Athens. They would have ended up arresting him. At the very least a good a** kicking for mocking them and disrespecting their authority

SSG Desert Dawg

March 28th, 2011
12:14 pm

It doesn’t look like Spurrier is making a mockery of the police to me…it looks like he is trying to make light of some pretty sorry police work. The description of the robbery suspect was a black man with dreadlocks…that’s it…no height/weight or any other description. So naturally they “detain” the first black man with dreadlocks they see, and Mr. Clowney is hard to miss at 6′6″…I actually use to go to school at the University of South Carolina and yes, the police overlook a lot of “incidents” involving football players. Spurrier is just trying to make sure that still happens by not blasting the Columbia or Richland County Police Department for being racist rednecks…

SSG Desert Dawg

March 28th, 2011
12:20 pm

and University of South Carolina athletes are the only 18 year olds allowed in the bar/club that Mr. Clowney was in…there are however, clubs in 5 points that 18 year olds can legally get into. Per ESPN, the bouncer that let Mr. Clowney into the club got fired. SN: Steve Spurrier is also a racist redneck and he still wears jean shorts…

Chris

March 28th, 2011
12:23 pm

I agree 100% with Joe V. (what do you want to bet it was a Clemson fan?) Totally irresponsible. It would have been just as irresponsible to say Georgia, Tennessee or Florida fan. I think it was a bad attempt at being funny. One does have to questions why a high school senior is out a 2:30 am, on a Thursday night, over a hundred miles from your hometown where you’re supposed to be attending school on Friday morning. But that’s Five Points in Columbia, an urban campus that is sprawled from warehouse district to the capital, and the players stay in a Hotel (The Whitney). Not my idea of a college environment, but may be exactly what some are looking for.

poopdawg

March 28th, 2011
12:23 pm

Amen Altamahadawg. Should we consider Spurrier an escaped convict? Maybe a bounty?

59bulldawg

March 28th, 2011
12:24 pm

@DawginLex@11:10. Brother I despise Spurrier and the Gamecocks too. But you’re being a little rough on Columbia. Every place has its seedy areas . . . even Athens. I happen to like Columbia and have been there often.

Gatordawg@bamaman.net

March 28th, 2011
12:25 pm

RGB:

The headline is not misleading; you are just easily confused.
The quotation marks around “arrested” should have clued you in that something was up.
This is a good story. It’s always good to see coached having their guys’ backs. It looks more like something Coach Richt might do. The point is “don’t judge Jadeveon for being at the wrong place at the wrong time if you don ‘t know the whole story.” Coach Spurrier may whine a lot, but you have to admit he’s quite a bit smarter than the typical SEC jock.

GTBob

March 28th, 2011
12:26 pm

If he is guilty, and that’s a big if. Then he is incredibly stupid. He is the top recruit in the country, the best of the best, on a fast track to the NFL and making millions. I can’t imagine he would jeopardize all that by robbing a store. He could make more money just calling a few agents, or by transferring to Auburn.

dawgster

March 28th, 2011
12:26 pm

@Mcdawg…I’m with you on this…if this happened to a dawg player he would be guilty in many peoples eyes…Can you imagine if Coach Richt had pulled a similar stunt. I understand the point, but seems a little over the top….I guess Spurrier can get away with that in SC….Don’t won’t to throw any stones here, we have had our issues, no doubt, but just think of the uproar this would have caused had it been one our recruits…go dawgs

red and black

March 28th, 2011
12:31 pm

wonder if the NCAA will try to say this is some kind of violation