Watch: Defense Attorney Discusses Arrests of USC Players
Columbia, S.C. (WOLO) — Two USC Basketball players were served arrest warrants Thursday morning for charges stemming from incidents involving BB gun damage to vehicles.
Eric Cobb, 19 years old, has been charged with malicious injury to private property and assault and battery, while 21 year old Jamall Gregory is facing one count of malicious injury to real property and three counts of malicious injury to personal property.
The pair’s attorney Seth Rose says, both basketball players have been released on personal recognizance bonds.
Rose tells ABC Columbia, “The judge found they’re not a danger to the community or a flight risk which they’re not. They have no prior records these are misdemeanor charges, the allegations against them are all misdemeanors. Even with the allegations themselves no one was hurt. There’s no allegation that anyone was hurt”
According to Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook the arrests come after an investigation launched earlier this month in collaboration with the University.
Cobb is accused of shooting a BB pellet gun at an occupied vehicle, damaging the right rear door.
Gregory allegedly damaged three cars and the side of building, also using a BB pellet gun.
Rose explains, “We need to look at the evidence and determine our best course of action going forward. I can tell you they were cooperative with law enforcement.”
While the attorney insists it’s too early to discuss ramifications or specific plans of action, he remains confident in his clients.
He says,”These are good kids they’re young, they’ve never been in any type of trouble. Obviously people make mistakes and if after assessing the evidence we find that they have done something wrong, they will make it right. They will make it right and move forward.”
The pair’s next court date is set for April 1st.
USC’s Head Basketball Coach Frank Martin released a statement on the arrests saying, “We are aware of the allegations against Eric Covv and Jamall Gregory and we will have no further comment at this time due to this being a legal matter.”
Cobb and Gregory are two of the five players suspended from the USC basketball team earlier this week due to a “conduct issue.”
All five players remain suspended.
The investigation into the property crimes is ongoing and it’s currently unclear if any other arrests will be made.