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Clowney: ‘I didn’t do nothing wrong’

Jadeveon Clowney

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.

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26 Responses to “Clowney: ‘I didn’t do nothing wrong’”
  1. bmac34 says: Mar 25, 2011 3:37 PM

    This guy will end up being their Cam. War Gamecocks!!

  2. usc2790 says: Mar 25, 2011 3:44 PM

    Mr. Taylor,
    Before writing articles such as this one, it is highly suggested that you first do your homework. In the statement “Yeah, I would say an underage high school senior at a drinking establishment at 2 a.m. during a school week…” clearly shows that you have not done the fundamentals that a writer like yourself should already be accustomed to. Seeing as that Clowney did not have school the next day due to furloughs, shows that this part of your argument against the young man is blatantly false. As for him being at a drinking establishment, that is on the establishment itself for allowing him to enter and not his problem at all. There has been no indication that he was drinking underage nor did he enter into the bar using false identification, or trust me the Columbia police would have definitely found this when they were searching him. The bottom line is the Columbia Police Department has been way out of line for a very long time now and this is just one unfortunate example of that. When the police department releases their report, I can bet you will reconsider your comment about him saying “wrong place at wrong time,” and account for this as a young man being wrongfully profiled and accused.

  3. aemontgom says: Mar 25, 2011 3:44 PM

    “I didn’t do nothing wrong.” — Good luck in college.

  4. nicksabansanahole says: Mar 25, 2011 4:09 PM

    Maybe the Gamecocks should change their name to the Clowneys because they all do this stuff. Just look at the list. I am sure they have all been wrongfully accused, there is a church next to the bar and thats what they were really doing. Whatever. He is a perfect (thug) fit.

  5. frug says: Mar 25, 2011 4:37 PM

    I didn’t do nothing wrong

    I can’t tell if he meant that to be a denial or a confession.

  6. jonkybon says: Mar 25, 2011 4:47 PM

    usc2790 says:
    Mar 25, 2011 3:44 PM
    Mr. Taylor,
    Before writing articles such as this one, it is highly suggested that you first do your homework. In the statement “Yeah, I would say an underage high school senior at a drinking establishment at 2 a.m. during a school week…” clearly shows that you have not done the fundamentals that a writer like yourself should already be accustomed to. Seeing as that Clowney did not have school the next day due to furloughs,

    Furlough? Do you think he was released from a military school to bar hop? Rock Hill public schools are the middle of exams. Then again Clowney probably has a stunt double (nerd twin) to take his tests for him. It would explain how his solid F’s suddenly turned into A’s. Clowney is a true SHAMECOCK!

  7. bigdinla says: Mar 25, 2011 4:47 PM


    It is his responsibility to not be at drinking establishments. It is time to quit acting like these kids are not responsible for their own behavior. It is people like you that handicap these kids fro
    Being successful in life if they fail at sports. Quit blame shifting!

  8. mightymike1250 says: Mar 25, 2011 4:52 PM

    Jadeveon Clowney’s first class at South Carolina: Remedial Grammar 101

  9. mightymike1250 says: Mar 25, 2011 4:56 PM

    “Nobody that can’t speak good English should be allowed to stay in this country. They oughta be de-exported the hell outta here!” — Archie Bunker

  10. thefiesty1 says: Mar 25, 2011 6:41 PM

    You were there weren’t you. Don’t put yourself in that type of position. Then there is no explanation necessary.

  11. brazy44 says: Mar 25, 2011 6:43 PM

    they fit the description? what was that? Black?
    and to the lame writer, they got pulled over, i.e. driving down the street and pulled into the safest spot after they saw the police lights behind them. so to jump to the conclusion they were in a bar parking lot to start with, is lame at best. look at the picture, they are not in a parking spot. my guess is if you have a college degree, it’s a communications degree, cause it’s definately not a journalism degree, that is, you know, if you actually graduated from college, Johnny boy.

  12. John Taylor says: Mar 25, 2011 7:03 PM

    @brazzy44: “Clowney said he was hanging out in Five Points with another recruit talking to fans when police approached him in the parking lot of Pavlov’s on Greene Street.”

    Your serve, genius.

  13. roodlenoodle says: Mar 25, 2011 7:08 PM

    Not sure where it says he was IN a drinking establishment. True the Five Points area is full of them, but being in a parking lot does not constitute being IN a place. He did nothing and this is a non story except to haters and taters.

  14. pdcooper08 says: Mar 25, 2011 7:27 PM

    Just a few thoughts after reading several. The comment about they where pulled over because the where black. You know that if the police are looking for robbery subjects that happened to be black and they matched a description of the suspects, then by all means, stop them and search them before going any further. It’s obvious, both individuals checked out, cuz they both went home that night and slept in there own beds. Had they been involved or had anything illegal in there possession, then the story would have been different. Just because you are searched in a police contact, doesn’t mean you have done anything wrong or are a bad person. People are searched all the time for the safety of all parties involved. To tell you the truth, there’s nothing worse than searching some guy you know nothing about and he has a gun shoved under his belt. Perhaps the players should have been in there homes at that time of the morning, but the fact is, neither did anything wrong and are safe.

  15. smartazzz says: Mar 25, 2011 8:11 PM

    Cock envy

  16. buckeyeboy says: Mar 25, 2011 9:01 PM

    I feel that this is a non issue.

    If he has no school the next day why cant he be out?
    If he is at an 18 and over bar, who cares if he gets in, hes over 18 isnt he?
    Why victimize the kid for looking like a criminal….80% of players look like criminals

    granted his quote is pretty dumb…….

  17. 78lion says: Mar 25, 2011 9:21 PM

    sounds like a confession to me. Honor student at USCe.

  18. rolltideroll81 says: Mar 25, 2011 11:23 PM

    Wow!!! Just because the guy didn’t want to attend your favorite college now he’s either a thug or dumb. The guy said he didn’t do anything wrong. What would you tell someone if they did a stop on you? The police was just doing their job. It has nothing to do with race. If someone said a white guy robbed them don’t you think it would be a waste of time if the police stopped blacks and hispanics? Guys these racsist comments have got to stop. I’m proud for the young man deciding on USC, it’s a great school.

    Sports has no color.

  19. jonkybon says: Mar 26, 2011 10:44 AM

    Its true he didn’t have school the next day because the next day was Saturday. He was searched at 2 am in Columbia hours before he had exams in Rock Hill. Thats right he is a Shamecock recruit and no longer responsible for earning his own grades.
    If Clowney left immediately after being searched and drove as fast as he runs, he could have been in his own bed by 3:30 am with an exam around five hours later.

  20. mrcowpatty says: Mar 26, 2011 3:51 PM

    I have a feeling this is just the beginning of a sad story for this young man. Just because he is King of the Cocks doesn’t mean he’s immune from reality.

  21. packerman13 says: Mar 26, 2011 6:12 PM

    He be makin the honor roll at Carolina. Word Up!

  22. southernpatriots says: Mar 26, 2011 8:14 PM

    Apparently from even the police reports and from Coach Spurrier, Jadeveon Clowney “didn’t do nothing wrong.” Pretty much a non-incident. His grammar is no worse than some of our typing (ha) and is better than some young folks we have interviewed for available jobs over the years. South Carolina can help his grammar and further his education.

    Whether or not he becomes an extraordinary college football player as obviously he was in high school, whether or not he is later a great pro player, he now has the opportunity for a free education, which may have not been available to him otherwise. May his parents and mentors guide him toward achieving the education that is now available to him.

  23. lakesidegator says: Mar 28, 2011 12:07 PM

    Handcuffed, but not “arrested”?
    If it feels like an arrest, and the circumstances are the equivalent to a constructive arrest, it’s an arrest. In this case, a false arrest. Signed,

    Juris Doctorate

  24. maine2000 says: Mar 31, 2011 9:19 AM

    There was no school in RH that day.There were no exams also.They went down for a birthday party and the girl is from RH.This is from the other guy they cuffed mother.This is not from a report of a newspaper or reporter.I was told this directly from Gerald Dixon’s mother.Gerald’s sister attend USC and lives down there also.

  25. southernpatriots says: Mar 31, 2011 9:59 AM

    @maine2000: Thank you for your posting. Please keep us all informed with truth. We appreciate it.

  26. waynefontes says: Apr 1, 2011 10:47 AM

    He still has a way to go to catch up with Garcia when it comes to dealing with law enforcement.

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