While the literal interpretation of Jadeveon Clowney‘s words written in the above headline will do little to dispel concerns over qualifying academically, they should at least allow South Carolina and fans of its football program to breathe a little bit easier this afternoon.
Earlier today, a picture of Clowney getting frisked by police in the parking lot of a Columbia, SC, bar made its way across the vast expanses of the Internet, causing some significant consternation as to what led up to the nation’s No. 1 recruit being on the receiving end of a pat-down. According to Clowney, it was much ado about nothing.
The Gamecocks signee told The State this afternoon that he was with his South Pointe High School teammate and fellow Gamecock signee Gerald Dixon when they were stopped by Columbia police officers, who were apparently searching for individuals involved in a robbery.
“They stopped us and said we fit a description,” said Clowney. “They said some guy called and said he got robbed and said (someone) had a gun. He said we fit the description. …
“I had nothing on me. [The police officer] said, ‘Oh, we got the wrong person‘, and he let us go.”
The stop-n-frisk didn’t seem to bother Clowney as much as the attention that came in the aftermath.
“I am just upset because there is stuff on the news about this,” Clowney said. “I didn’t do nothing wrong. Yeah, I was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but I didn’t have anything to do with (a robbery).”
Wrong place, wrong time? Yeah, I would say an underage high school senior at a drinking establishment at 2 a.m. during a school week would qualify as the dictionary definition of that.