Spurrier Joins Clowney In Cuffs

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — Steve Spurrier and his prized recruit were both in handcuffs Friday. The Ball Coach had Columbia Chief of Police Randy Scott put him in handcuffs in front of television cameras after Friday’s spring practice–trying to show that Jadeveon Clowney’s brush with the law early Friday morning was simply a case of mistaken identity.

About 2:30 a.m. Friday, Clowney was handcuffed and searched by Columbia Police who responded to a 911 call. The caller, who refused to cooperate further and did not file a report, said a group of males with long dreadlocks attempted an armed robbery and fled on foot to Pavlov’s, a bar in Five Points.

When officers handcuffed and searched Clowney in the bar’s parking lot a large crowd gathered. Multiple arrests were made to those in the crowd for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, drunkenness and hindering an officer during questioning.

A picture of Clowney apparently being searched hit the internet early Friday. A YouTube video surfaced Friday afternoon. It shows the crowd chanting “Clowney, Clowney” and “USC, USC” after Clowney was apparently let go by authorities.

“A person can get handcuffed, and police are just doing there job,” Spurrier said. “It’s no big deal. Now if they take you downtown and keep you two or three days now we got some issues.”