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Traffic cop impression helps land Gamecocks DT pair of charges

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After a relatively quiet start to the New Year, things have picked up in the last couple of days on the legal front.

According to, South Carolina defensive tackle Byron Jerideau (not pictured) was arrested early Friday morning and hit with a charge of disorderly conduct.  The Charleston Post & Courier subsequently reported that Jerideau is also facing an additional charge of traffic/pedestrian on a controlled access highway.

The incident that led to the arrest took place in the Five Points bar district in downtown Columbia.  Here are some the details of the arrest, courtesy of WLTX-TV in Columbia:

An incident report says that an officer saw Jerideau and a group of people leave Grandma’s Bar in the 700 block of Harden Street in Columbia’s Five Points. The document goes on to say that Jerideau used profanity “in a loud manner” at oncoming traffic while attempting to cross midblock at Harden Street.

The report notes that crosswalks were available at nearby intersections, but they were not used.  The officer reported that Jerideau used his hands instructing oncoming traffic to stop.  When the officers approached Jerideau, the report states the player “in a loud boisterous manner” said “what, f—ing jaywalking?”

The officer said he smelled alcohol, and attempted to put Jerideau in custody. When he did, the report states Jerideau said “I’m not going to f—ing jail” in a “loud manner.” Jerideau was then arrested and taken to the Richland County Detention Center.

(Writer’s note: There but for the grace of God go I…)

Per school policy, the Post & Courier notes, Jerideau is automatically suspended by the team.  The school is aware of the situation, and will likely handle any type of punishment internally.

In 2011, the redshirt junior played in all 13 games for the Gamecocks.

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15 Responses to “Traffic cop impression helps land Gamecocks DT pair of charges”
  1. woebegong says: Jan 14, 2012 9:33 AM

    No worries, the kid will be in spring practice and nothing else will happen to him. If Garcia could get Spurrier to give him five chances, this kid is already been given clear sailing. That booze will make you do some dumb things. I sure hope he was at least of legal drinking age.

  2. planck16 says: Jan 14, 2012 9:48 AM

    Zero discipline in that program! The only thing that gets you booted is if two other players at the same position are better than you! Want to stay in a hotel for free, come to meetings drunk, steal laptops and still come in 3rd place in the SEC, then USuCk is the school for you!

  3. woebegong says: Jan 14, 2012 9:54 AM

    I don’t know about all that anymore. I think the NCAA has yet to come down on the sanctions against SC in light of the previous couple of years of improper benefits. Of course with the NCAA enforcement committee any guess as to punishment being dealt out is a crap shoot at best.

  4. seanb20124 says: Jan 14, 2012 10:20 AM

    As an athlete he should receive and demand preferential treatment.

  5. woebegong says: Jan 14, 2012 10:27 AM

    He ought to be glad he is not in Athens Georgia then.I think they make their town budget based on the fines they get the players for and what they can get the fans for. It is cheaper to pay for TV for the games if you have to, then get a ticket in that city, LOL. And this is just the fans that are for UGA. I don’t know what the opposing fans fines are.

  6. lbijake says: Jan 14, 2012 10:50 AM

    A college student drinking!! The horrors. The horrors. the rapture is definitely upon us. The next thing we hear is that these same said students sleep late on the weekends. This country is definitely going to h#ll in a hand basket!!!

  7. woebegong says: Jan 14, 2012 11:02 AM

    If it happens at UGA, it is horrors of horrors as far as the SEC opponents go. I think it is probably the fact though, that we don’t get enough guys robbing folks, domestic violence cases and having accidents for them, LOL. In Athens the cops will make you take a breathalyzer and blood test, if you stumble getting away from a water fountain and are wearing a habit and are a real Nun.

  8. bertenheim says: Jan 14, 2012 12:52 PM

    What time of day/night did it take place.
    And how has he managed to play in 13 games in 2012?

  9. jonkybon says: Jan 14, 2012 1:48 PM

    planck16 says:
    Jan 14, 2012 9:48 AM
    Zero discipline in that program! The only thing that gets you booted is if two other players at the same position are better than you! Want to stay in a hotel for free, come to meetings drunk, steal laptops and still come in 3rd place in the SEC, then USuCk is the school for you!


    3rd place? Try 5th place since Ark, LSU and Alabama all finished better and UGA was the SEC East Champions. Final Conference placement is determined by the Championship game with the two contenders finishing 1 and 2. Unusual situation when the National Champ only finished third in the Conference. I didn’t write the rules, but that is how they read.

  10. dadawg77 says: Jan 14, 2012 3:43 PM

    All this for jaywalking? Doeant Barney Feif have something better to do?

  11. floridacock says: Jan 14, 2012 9:45 PM

    WOW Jonkybon has crawled out of his hole!!! Clempson getting their tails waxed by a 3rd place team sounds better than a 5th place team! You Clempson fans are just stupid

  12. jonkybon says: Jan 15, 2012 8:53 AM

    Shamecock fan right on cue. Can’t argue the post, so insult the poster. Another hypocrit that can’t handle his own words being thrown back in his face. I bespoke of the exact same rules that were written by Crapolina fans last year when they won the SEC East and set an all time record for margin of loss.

  13. woebegong says: Jan 15, 2012 9:05 AM


    I think it might have had something to do with the kid being drunk, and combative towards a police officer. It can be pretty intimidating to have a monster type athlete in some cases, give you doo doo, when you are trying to insure his safety, be getting him off a active street, and then he gives you grief. There are other places where he might have received a night stick upside his head for being dumb like that. How old was this kid anyway? Was he of legal drinking age? Cops have a tough job, and giving them grief, when they are trying to keep you from harming yourself, and possibly protect themselves in the same instance, isn’t the brightest thing you can do. Lucky he wasn’t in Athens and tried the same thing. They come down pretty hard on everybody, regardless of the circumstances.

  14. jonkybon says: Jan 15, 2012 10:51 AM

    You seem to forget Woebegong that the insecure fans of SC are so hungry for anybody to take them seriously that any and everybody that tells them the truth is a target. As you pointed out, the athlete was getting prefential treatment in Columbia, but even that isn’t good enough for Shamecock Nation.

    Clemson has a 5 star athlete with issues. Dabo suspended him indefinately. Did the suspension start during the off season? No, he was suspended prior to and for the ACC Championship Game, the Orange Bowl and beyond until the young man can give up the pot. Its took Spurrier five major infractions before he took real action against Garcia during the season. Every program has their fair shareof immature student athletes. Its up to the Coaches how to discipline, instruct and remind these young men that they are students first and that they have a code of conduct to maintain. South Carolina fans seem to have their priorities screwed up.

    Now I can expect the usual suspects to attack me personally because they know and can’t deal with the fact everything I say is the truth.

  15. woebegong says: Jan 15, 2012 11:26 AM

    Better get your suit of armor on. No doubt it will be an attack from all sides.

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