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USC football player arrested in Tampa

O.J. Murdock O.J. Murdock

(Columbia) October 18, 2006 - South Carolina reserve receiver O.J. Murdock has been arrested for shoplifting and indefinitely suspended from the team.

Murdock was arrested Sunday at the University Square Mall in Tampa, Florida. The Hillsborough County, Florida, Sheriff's Office charged Murdock with grand theft, third degree, which covers property between $300 and $5,000.

The incident happened October 15th when, authorities say, O.J. Murdock and a woman described as his girlfriend, 19-year-old Natavia Exum, were seen in a North Tampa, Florida, Macy's department store with several items of clothing, including:

  • Three pairs of jeans valued at $260
  • Akademics shirt, $28
  • G Unit shorts, $48.50
  • Roca Wear jacket, $88

Authorities say both O.J. and Natavia, who was an employee of the store, went to one of the cash registers and put the items in a Macy's bag. O.J. then left the store with the bag. 

Both O.J. and Natavia were apprehended by security until the sheriff's department arrived.

According to the online incident report, he was released on a $2,000 bond on Monday.

The freshman played in four games this season. He had one catch for eight yards.

Coach Steve Spurrier suspended Murdock indefinitely. Spurrier says, "There's a good chance he may be finished - or not. We'll just have to see what the legal outcome is."

Murdock was considered one of the biggest catches of Spurrier's first Gamecock recruiting class. Still, Murdock sat out last season and could not break into South Carolina's regular rotation this fall.

Murdock is from Tampa. The Gamecocks had an open date and players had last weekend off.

Updated 11:48pm by Bryce Mursch with AP

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