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Viewer responses - should the charges be dropped?

Viewer responses to the question listed by order of most recent to least recent. Only responses signed with names will be posted. Flamed (all capital letters), one-word responses and live links will not be posted.
  • WH, Cassatt:
    If someone stole a car and the dealer said, "If you bring it back, we won't press charges," and you did, would the owner not have the right to press charges anyway?  Just the fact that they stole in the first place is enough to justify charges being brought.  So regardless of what they were told afterwards, when they pretty much knew the authorities were aware of who took what, the charges are completely valid.
  • DF, Chappells
    The issue has been complicated by the allegations that USC officials indicated that no charges would be filed if the stolen items were returned. The USC police answer to these officials, and the school officials are government employees. It could be argued that the state illegaly obtained evidence (the returned items) through coercion. Coach Spurrier has to run his team, but major crime needs to be left to the police and solicitor. No school official, including university presidents have any business making, prosecute or no prosecute decisions. A school run police department doesn't work well in a case like this one. I would like to see these university police departments turned over to the SC Department of Public Safety. This case is a prime example of why this should happen. These cases will be settled. Can you imagine all the school officials involved and other players involved being paraded in front of a jury? I can't.
  • AM, Columbia:
    No wonder we are the butt of so many jokes! We are discussing whether two thugs should get by with stealing! To add to the craziness, they are going to give players 4 chances to get by with doing drugs. What is going on??? USC will never get any better at football if these are the core beliefs of the Athletic Program.
  • DS, Columbia:
    whether spurrier did or did not say what they claim is of no importance....they stole...they got caught....so punish them according to state law!
  • EG, Columbia:
    I think it's terrible that we pat our players on the back and say now don't do that again. (Hello they are grown adults)if they make adult decision then they should be treated as adults not CHILDREN. Those players from last year who stole Carolina property should be punished as well as any player who uses drugs. What kind of message are we sending our children and future Carolina ball players.  That it's ok to steal and use drugs you won't be punished wrong...........
  • JJ, Wedgefield:
    Those accused of stealing should be punished. Their recent attempts to put the blame on someone else in an effort to get a deal seems very suspicious to me; maybe even something a shyster lawyer (say someone who has served time for illegal acts like theft or grand larceny) would recommend. Think about it, this situation has been going on since December and then all of a sudden on Monday (Some 8 months later) the defense files a motion that claims the coach (who has absolutely no authority to guarantee anyone immunity) promised them they’d get away with grand larceny if they just bring the stuff back.  Please! Someone is flat out lying but it is not anyone from The University of South Carolina.
  • JP, West Columbia:
    This question is as easy as telling you what my name is.  NO the charges should not be dropped. I am also tired of all this mess about what the coach said said or didn't say.  It's not his call on whether players who steal are prosecuted or not.  Last time I looked, Steve Spurrier is a coach not a lawyer or a judge.  Lets all believe the words of two former players who broke the law instead of the facts at hand.  They wouldn't be in this situation at all if they would have acted like football players instead of thieves.
  • RR:
    The only way the charges should be dropped is if the victim (USC) tells the state that's what they want.  It happens in the vast majority of other criminal cases throughout the state and this should not be an exception.
  • GJ, Cope:
    Why would anyone even think that the charges should be dropped? They stole and they should pay. Also, what difference does it make if Coach Spurrier did tell them the charges would be dropped ,does he have that right? We need to put all this behind us and play ball. It's just that some people can't play pretty
  • BW, Newberry:
    No, They should be treated like any other thief is treated, and that is taken to court and let the courts decide the punishment.
  • TM, West Columbia
    I would be shocked if any responsible adult would agree to the charges being dropped. I feel the finger is trying to be redirected at Spurrier to take some heat off of the players accused. This is a common occurance in our society today, allowing the youth not to be held accountable for their actions. They may actually thank someone down the road for caring enough to punish. thank you
  • AC, Columbia
    they stole. Period. For the players to expect that Spurrier's allegid word is above the law of the land is rediculous. They stole from the state and should have the law applied to them just as it would be to anyone else who steals state property.
  • SJC, Blythewood
    no -- if it were anyone else they'd have to be paying the price!! these boys are old enough to know what they did is wrong and know better! why should they walk away scott-free? you do the crime you pay your time....
  • RJ, Arden
    It is about time people start to take responsibility for their actions. What they did is disgraceful and illegal. This is a matter that should be handled by the DA's Office just like it would be for any other person. Coach Spurrier and USC are to be commended for not covering up a crime just because it was an athlete involved. This is from a die hard Gamecocks fan who is tired of athletes being treated differently than ordinary citizens.
  • PD, Columbia
    What Coach Spurrier did or did not say is irrelevant. These young men broke the law. They should be punished for that.
  • BB, Irmo:
    Even though the two players had returned the missing items, they still committed a crime.  They have to do the same time as the other players that stole the itmes.
  • BO, Orangeburg:
    It seems that the USC football program was headed the wrong way under the previous coaching staff.  Now when a team of coaches come together and try to send a message that theft will not be tolarated, people want to scream it is unfair.  The players committed a crime and regardless what they say coach spurrier said, they need to be procecuted to the fullest extent.  Hats off to the coach for taking back the reins of a promiseing team.
  • WD, Greenwood:
    Why should they be dropped? These hoods need to go to jail. Then maybe they will learn something from this. What an embarrassment to our university!!
  • SH, North Augusta:
    No matter what was said by coach Suprrier (or anyone else for that matter) changes the fact that things were stolen.  Should charges be dropped over a broken promise?  No.  All of us must be accountable for our actions.
  • BB, Aiken:
    first of all steve spurrier has not got anything to do what happen to the carolina football team from last season or when he got hired on be the football coach of the gamecocks yes lou was an excellent coach however he had made a couple mistakes the last two years it could been when brad scott was the coach i could say more so however what the problem is leave coach steve spurrier alone he be doing a fanstaic job also the media needs stay out of the coaches business at hand any coaches dosent go in the media and newsman business let the coach do his job the way he knows whats best for oh concern.
  • NN:
    Would rather hear real news and not all the gossip. 
  • JB, Irmo:
    Thanks to attorney Hemphill Pride the legal profession now has a new defense for their clients that are accused of theft.  "They really didn't mean to steal it -- they were just acting out."
  • TH, Columbia:
    Concerning the theft of items from Williams-Brice Stadium, there's been all this publicity about what Spurrier said then and what he's saying now, but there are a couple points that don't get mentioned enough. First, Spurrier didn't call in the authorities on those players. He would've let them off with perhaps some internal discipline had they returned everything in a timely manner. But the University's president, Sorensen, made it a legal issue (which, whether you agree with him or not, was his prerogative). In a case like this, obviously the wishes of the president of the institution outweighed those of the football coach. Did Spurrier say they wouldn't get in legal trouble? Probably--before Sorensen got involved. Did he say the words "I promise"? Probably not. I can see him giving the same impression in different words, though, which was his right at the time. But once Sorensen decided to call in the authorities, whatever Spurrier did or did not say became irrelevant. In addition, what kind of lame defense is it when the defendant says, in effect, "I wouldn't have returned the items if I knew I was going to get in trouble"? And their lawyer said they didn't intend to steal the items? Well, when you walk out of a place with something that isn't yours to take and you're aware of that fact, I have news for the lawyer: that's stealing. Yes it's all a shame. It's a shame we fought with Clemson. It's a shame players swiped some "souvenirs." It's a shame they didn't control their emotions. It's also a shame the state and the institution can't put this behind them. I support the new coaching staff and the players who are still there. I just hope we allow them to play some football with clear heads soon.
  • DS, Kershaw:
    No,the charges should not be dropped.Those players made their bed now let them lay in it.I just wish the media would just support USC AND QUIT trying to allways make the school look bad.The media should support all the universities in our great state.The media is afraid that coach Spurrier will make a winner out of USC football program. JUST BACK OFF.
  • MS, Orangeburg:
    People need to get off Steve Spurrier's back.  He is not a judge...he cannot promise what is being said that he did.  The lawyer for these two students is rediculous saying that they did not really steal anything...that they were only acting out.  Yes, they were acting out and their action was theft.  Steve Spurrier may have encouraged them to return the stolen items by suggestion that the judge may be lenient or may even drop the charges, but anyone with a brain should know that Steve Spurrier cannot promise that.
  • SC, Columbia:
    It is irrelevant whether or not Coach Spurrier "offered immunity" regardind the theft of the items by players..It was a crime that was committed, if they did it they should be subject to the same Criminal Justice system I would be if I committed that or any other crime.
  • RR, Bethune:
    who cares what spurrier said, those boys shouldn't have stole the stuff. its not spurriers fault. they were stupid.
  • SH, West Columbia:
    My comments are not regarding the charges of these players and whether they should be dropped or not.  Rather, my comments are for WIS. It is my opinion that WIS focuses entirely on too much negativity regarding the University of South Carolina.  While there were several players that did not use appropriate judgment or actions during the non-football season, WIS escalated the story with all the negative publicity told over and over again.  I rarely hear mention of other schools and the trouble their atheletes or students encounter.  Is this because the school is in the same city as the news channel?  It would have been especially nice if WIS had mentioned while speaking of USC's new drug policy, that they were changing it to match other schools' policies and that USC's had been much stricter prior to the change.  The way the story was told could make the viewers believe that USC is in favor of drug usage.  To top off telling the story over and over for several nights in a row, many questions of the day revolve around the problems.
  • AR:
    This is all VERY old news and so you will understand....Channel 19 is taking market share from WIS because of the constant fixation on negative stories and rehashing of USC football problems.  Last nite was the icing on the cake for me and I no longer will be watching WIS Newscast as it has deteriorated.  I can remember when WIS was THE station to watch in South Carolina....that isnt the case anymore.  If you think I am kidding....just do one of you surveys on that subject instead of worrying about rehashing crap over and over to do with the off the field things with USC Football....we have had enough.
  • KK, Gaston:
    These guys are supposed to be examples of what we want our children to follow. How can they follow football players that should be setting a good example if they are breaking the law? And who gave Spurrier the right to drop any charges? He wasn't even there when it happened.
  • FS:
    yes, I belive the charges should be dropped, when the incedent happedned, it was even aired on the news that Mr. Spurrier said that if the items were returned then the charges would be dropped, or there would be no charges against them if the items were returned, I'm pretty sure if you take a look back in your sport reports you can find out exactly what he said on this issue. It seems like USC has been in the media a lot since Steve has come to the university, maybe they made a mistake by hiring him, becuase he is make the university look like a fool.
  • GH, Cheraw:
    They stole the computers they should be prositcuted, it doesn't matter what Spurrier said. Gamecocks are Rockin'!
  • LG:
    yes the charges should be dropped because if my mind serves me correctly, I can remember hearing during earlier discussions that this matter would be dropped if those items were returned.  However, this is just a pat on the hand for these guys.  There should  not have been any promises.  It seems as though the guys were being slipped into some trap.
  • PC:
    If you do a crime, suffer the outcome. Kick them off team, and they, should never be able to get a paid scholarship, there are children more deserving than players. Where has our state gone? If you handle pig skin you are above others, do not think so.
  • BL, Blythewood:
    the players, as anyone else, should be accountable for their actions.  Not only should the players not be allowed to play, but the scholarships should also be terminated.  The reputation of USC and the state are at risk; the creditability of a USC graduate is also at state. All rules and law should be observed.  All ball players are setting an example for our young and should be properly punished.
  • BB, Modoc:
    Here we go to making athletes above the "regular" guy.  If I were to steal something, get caught, then return it, would I be let off? If everyone who got caught and returned what they had stolen had all their
    charges dropped, wouldn't they all start returning stuff?  And we would
    live in a perfect world.  Dream on!  If I were to test positive for drugs
    at my workplace more than once, would I keep my job?  Hardly...Why should
    athletes get breaks?
  • ML, Sumter:
    What does it matter what Spurrier said, they stole the computers end of story. No the charges should not be dropped. The fact that they returned the items should weigh into the final outcome but should not prevent punishment. If they walk without any consequences for what they have done they will only get worse. That is the problem in America today there is an excuse for everything, no one is held accountable for their actions.
  • BB, Columbia:
    Let's be realistic here.  If you or I were facing grand larceny charges and prison time, what wouldn't you say to stay out of the pokey? Consider the source.  Are you going to believe admitted felons, (read their "apology letters"), or the word of the Coach?  Bottom line is this; I feel pretty confident that Coach Spurrier is aware that he cannot usurp state law.  I am also pretty sure these guys are afraid of the consequences of their own mistakes. It sounds as though they have never been held accountable for their actions.  It's about time for them to grow up and face the music. The fact that they are trying to lay the blame at the feet of Steve Spurrier, shows you even more about the depth of their character  To hell with them.  They can sit in jail and grow up. Apparently that's somthing that their parents never made them do. Particularly Mo Thompson's mom. Once again the criminals cry victim. It's getting old.
  • SA, Lexington:
    The charges should not be dropped. Any of the rest of us would be charged with theft had we done the same thing! These two young men are old enough to know that what they did was WRONG, even though they returned the stolen items and apologized for their actions. I am not swayed by their apologies. Like the  saying goes...If you don't want to do the time...don't do the crime. Theft is theft! Who they are or what they do should not be a factor in dropping criminal charges. Make them accountable for their actions by not dropping these charges. It's the right thing to do and sends the right message to our youth....if you commit a crime...you're going to be made accountable for it. Plain and simple!
  • VC, Winnsboro:
    I am appalled by this decision.  You don't get 4 chances for employment if you fail a drug test, you are taken to jail if you fail a drug test and what parent would want their child to get a "free pass" for drugs for four occasions.  The status of sports in our educational system far outranks education.  Perhaps this example of what a coach is willing to do in order to have players will be an eye opener for the educational system.  It should also be an eye opener for what kind of person this particular coach is.  Is he the example we want to set standards by.  I certainly don't.
  • AD, Camden:
    They only reason, apparentley, that the items were returned was that these criminals thought that then they would not be prosecuted. Maybe some allowance can be made during sentencing, but the charges should not be dropped.
  • DG, Sumter:
    No surprise here, especially if there are no charges and they are once again, slapped on the wrist.  Naughty boys.  Why should we expect anything more?  Why, last year during the flu season when nurses, firefighters, nurses, law enforcment officers and some elderly couldn't get the flu vaccine because, we weren't high risk.  But of course, the USC basketball team, now that was a different story.  Of course, the USC sports teams are a priority.  Of course they deserve the protection from the virus more than any elderly person or protectors and providers for the public such as firemen, nurses, police officers, etc.  Then, there was always November last year, when USC went to Clemson for the football game, nobody seem to see or speak of the entrance of the teams into Death Valley.  You didn't hear of the start of the fights when the Gamecocks had already entered the stadium and then the Tigers came down the hill and the Gamecocks were waiting for them at the bottom and the words started being exchanged. I say, wipe the slate clean and start all over with your new coach.  Nobody deserves to play if there was even any hint of laws broken. I for one would like to see someone other than USC on the front pages of the paper and in the news sections of sports almost daily.
  • CJ, Irmo:
    Even if the coach made the statement, he is not the prosecutor in this case.  The prosecutor decides if and when to file charges?  These players broke the law and should face the consequences.
  • TH, Annapolis:
    If they were advised by someone in authority that they could return the items without repercussions, then they should not be prosecuted.
  • GB, Columbia:
    I agree with RM. LEAVE COACH SPURRIER ALONE TO COACH FOOTBALL. He has a lot of work to do in the next couple of weeks before the first game, and does NOT need the distractions the media is forcing upon him concerning these thugs! After the mess that the previous coaches left us with, I'm just elated to have Spurrier, a no-nonsense coach, here to clean up our program. It's not fair to him or his staff to continually hold him responsible for the mess Holtz and his staff, and the thugs they recruited, left us in. I am so sick of the media dwelling on the past and dangling the "skeletons" in Spurrier's face. These guys committed a crime, and it's time they take responsibility for their actions and stop trying to place the blame on  somebody else. That is part of becoming a responsible adult, which I doubt these two will ever accomplish unless they can take their punishment, whatever it may be, like men (joke). Can't WIS find something good to report about the USC football team??? To Coach Spurrier I say: For all true Gamecock fans and sensible South Carolinians, we truly welcome you to South Carolina, and we support you 100%!!!!
  • ML, Sumter
    What does it matter what Spurrier said, they stole the computers end of story. No the charges should not be dropped. The fact that they returned the items should weigh into the final outcome but should not prevent punishment. If they walk without any consequences for what they have done they will only get worse. That is the problem in America today there is an excuse for everything, no one is held accountable for their actions.
  • BB, Columbia
    Let's be realistic here. If you or I were facing grand larceny charges and prison time, what wouldn't you say to stay out of the pokey? Consider the source. Are you going to believe admitted felons, (read their "apology letters"), or the word of the Coach? Bottom line is this; I feel pretty confident that Coach Spurrier is aware that he cannot usurp state law. I am also pretty sure these guys are afraid of the consequences of their own mistakes. It sounds as though they have never been held accountable for their actions. It's about time for them to grow up and face the music. The fact that they are trying to lay the blame at the feet of Steve Spurrier, shows you even more about the depth of their character To hell with them. They can sit in jail and grow up. Apparently that's somthing that their parents never made them do. Particularly Mo Thompson's mom. Once again the criminals cry victim. It's getting old.
  • AD, Camden
    They only reason, apparentley, that the items were returned was that these criminals thought that then they would not be prosecuted. Maybe some allowance can be made during sentencing, but the charges should not be dropped.
  • DG, Sumter
    No surprise here, especially if there are no charges and they are once again, slapped on the wrist. Naughty boys. Why should we expect anything more? Why, last year during the flu season when nurses, firefighters, nurses, law enforcment officers and some elderly couldn't get the flu vaccine because, we weren't high risk. But of course, the USC basketball team, now that was a different story. Of course, the USC sports teams are a priority. Of course they deserve the protection from the virus more than any elderly person or protectors and providers for the public such as firemen, nurses, police officers, etc. Then, there was always November last year, when USC went to Clemson for the football game, nobody seem to see or speak of the entrance of the teams into Death Valley. You didn't hear of the start of the fights when the Gamecocks had already entered the stadium and then the Tigers came down the hill and the Gamecocks were waiting for them at the bottom and the words started being exchanged. I say, wipe the slate clean and start all over with your new coach. Nobody deserves to play if there was even any hint of laws broken. I for one would like to see someone other than USC on the front pages of the paper and in the news sections of sports almost daily.
  • CJ, Irmo
    Even if the coach made the statement, he is not the prosecutor in this case. The prosecutor decides if and when to file charges? These players broke the law and should face the consequences.
  • TH, Annapolis
    If they were advised by someone in authority that they could return the items without repercussions, then they should not be prosecuted.
  • RM, West Columbia
    Why don't you folks get off Coach Spurrier's back and let the man do what he was hired to do- COACH FOOTBALL!!! Are you people trying to run him out of town? All you do is dwell on EVERY negative aspect you can think of and try to bring the football program down in every way possible. 99% of the problems that Spurrier has encountered have not been of his making and that is all you people in the media seem to be able to focus on. Hasn't there been enough piling on already? Why not try to focus on some of the positive things that Spurrier is trying to do and quit dwelling on the sins of the past coaching regime?
  • GJ, Cope
    Why should a thief be given immunity because he plays sports for USC (or any University)? Coach Spurrier is not a Judge and has no authority to dismis charges.
  • KB, Lexington
    I think you should run a poll: How many drug infractions do you think collegiate athletes should get before being dismissed? 5 4 3 2 1
  • HC, Irmo
    No, but Steve Spurrier has done nothing wrong and has never done anything wrong in 16 yrs of coaching and I believe we should be talking about how to get murderers off the street and how to help the poor and get jobs for everyone.
  • PE, Columbia:
    thry are quity of theif and should take their changes with the athourities and not try and charge someone for the problems.  i don't think that coach spurrier told them anything about what they said,
  • GT, West Columbia:
    why should the charges be dropped they commited a crime by stealing. if i did what they did i would have to pay the price.lets get real and charge these thives according to the law of our state. or is football players above the law????
  • MM,Neeses:
    I think they should drop the charges because the ones that done it are about the best players on the team, if they wanna win any games this season spurrier should let them play!!...drop the charges
  • WG, West Columbia:
    Small crimes lead to large crimes.  If this were you or me, we would be put under the jail and the key thrown away. If you can't do the time, don't do the crime.
  • PR, Chapin:
    I feel like the players need to be held accountable for their action. They obviously need to learn how to control their tempers by not going on a rampage and stealing spree. These atheletes do not realize what an opportunity they have to  receiving a free education.
  • SB, Lugoff:
    No If the charges are dropped then what kind of message does that send to anyone accused of the same thing?  They are also supposed to be roll models for the younger memebers on the team as well as the fans and other people who know them. It really makes USC look ridiculous.  If the charges are dropped then that just means anyone can lie about what was really said. If the charges stick then that just shows the judicial system really does work.
  • MR, Irmo:
    Let's be adults about this issue. No matter how famous, or infamous, the football coach may be. He is an employee of the University. Whatever he (or she) may say regarding an issue like this is totally irrelevant. Questions of legal culpability are the responsibility of the boss, the President of the University. These idiots, and I hope not to insult idiots across the globe, committed a felony. It does not matter a whit, in the eyes of the law, whether or not they "returned'  the items they stole.  They are criminals, and should be treated as such. End of story. Thanks for listening. And, by the way, as a Clemson graduate, this goes for both schools. STOP giving free college rides to low-life scum!
  • BF, Mount Pleasant:
    let us not forget who the "criminals" are here. Coach and us Gamecock fans owe these thieves nothing. You would think they would be glad they can still pursue an education!
  • RS, Prosperity:
    The whole issue of what Spurrier said is of no consequence. Steve Spurrier may be a great coach, but he does not enforce or ignore the laws of this state.  The two players are nothing more than thieves no matter what Spurrier said. They should answer for their crimes and never be allowed to play again.
  • BS, Irmo:
    Don't drop the charges.  Perhaps Coach Spurrier should also be charged with obstruction of justice.
  • BK, Griff:
    They are both theives and should be prosecuted regardless of who they are to the fullest extent of the law. What kind of message are we sending our children when we punish some and not all for a crime?
  • FB, Dalzell:
    They stole something!  They are thieves and should be punished! What kind of message is USC sending if they don't punish criminals?
  • CC, Columbia:
    Why should the school and the police department give these thieves special treatment?  They broke the law--plain and simple.  The USC football players need to grow up and start appreciating the opportunity given to them.  Playing college football is not a right, but a privilege. If you do drugs, steal, or beat your girlfriend you no longer deserve to play football.  There are plenty of other players willing to take your place!
  • JG, Columbia:
    Once a crime has been committed, it cannot be un-committed!!!
  • DD, Columbia:
    Coach Spurrier does not have the right to have the chzrges
    dismissed against the charged players.  As we know, you do the crime, you
    do the time.
  • TB, West Columbia:
    Oh please, how can we instill in our children respect for the property of others and for the law, if we allow renegade individuals to run rampant and commit crimes only to not punish them just because they might possibly help our favorite team to win.  What an example to our children is that?
  • MS, Columbia:
    Why do athletes think they are beyond the law? They should be treated just like any other thief.
  • TB, Blythewood:
    I thingk the charges should be dropped. It was an uprising that took a terrible turn, I am sure that the boys understand that they each made a horrible choice on that day. It now comes to a case of his word vs. their word, and I believe that the boys should just be left alone. Were they the only ones who stole computers? Were the computers returned? Why make an imbarassing ordeal for Columbia and USC worse?
  • JB, West Columbia:
    Why should they be dropped? That would be sending bad messages to our young children growing up.It's already hard enought for our young children of today to be able to know right from wrong.There are to many people getting away with to many things in our schools today.
  • TB, Bamberg:
    It doesn't matter if spurrier said that or not the players should not have taken the equipment. I think they are trying to use that as an way out of trouble.
  • KF, Irmo:
    I'm a 30 year gamecock fan and a truely embarrest fan at that! There is no way the charges the should be dropped.If you brake the law in or off of school you should play the price... sorry thats why we have laws!!
  • DR, McBee:
    No.The two football players are thiefs and should be charge as so. I only hope that Coach Spurrier will admit the truth. The integrity of the football program and Athlelic Department at the University of South Carolina is at stake.
  • AM, Columbia:
    Can it get any worse? USC has been branded with the Garnet A. I am so embarrassed. Send Spurrier back to Florida. They don't prosecute criminals down there but we do in South Carolina. I am not looking forward to this season at all. We are the Junkie-Thug Joke~! I wonder if my dad and uncle will pull their scholarship donations. Who wants their money going to thugs and a gangster leader.
  • CD, Sumter:
    yes, charges should be dropped. They brought it back immediately.
  • CM, Leesville:
    No they should not be dropped.  It sends the message to young children if you are an "athlete" you are exempt from justice.  Let's keep America from becoming a third world country, PLEASE!!
  • JJ, Lexington:
    They should go to trail and to jail if they stole  they shold go to to jail
  • CC, Leesville:
    If we allow everyone to go free for returning the items they stole,,our jails would be nearly empty.We would have to allow bank robbers etc,to go free.If they committed a crime they should have to tried by a judge or jury like anyone else.We all should know that certain actions have certain consequences.
  • KL, Hartsville:
    i think the charges should be droped. and that they should have to pay a fine?
  • LJ, Columbia:
    No they shouldn't be charged. We (USC) just needs to put it behind us.
  • BM, Columbia:
    They should not be charged. Everyone makes mistakes, they're sorry, and it's over!
  • PS, Columbia:
    Steve Spurrier is not the 'Judge and Jury' in this matter. Regardless of what he may or may not have promised, a crime was committed and they should receive appropriate punishment. We have to get off this 'IT's O.K. for celebrities, sports stars, and notable persons' to do the crime and serve no time.What are we teaching society when this happens?
  • PG, Columbia:
    I dont believe the guys should be charged. They've already been humiliated why drag them to court. Plus they each apologized for their actions.
  • HB, Columbia:
    Absolutely Not!!! If anybody out there thinks Steve Spurrier would be stupid enough to promise these "thugs' that they would not be prosecuted then they are just as ignorant as these two "fine upstanding citizens" !
  • GB, Columbia:
    These players chose to make a disgraceful situation worse by following the melee at their final game with thievery from their school. The general public is a bit jaded with the endless stories of player misdeeds, whether this incident, drug violations, or whatever.  Too many collegiate and professional athletes feel they are prima donnas who are above the law. I am sure that many criminals later regret their acts, especially if they are caught, but they are not priviledged to have their charges dropped. If a judge wants to allow the fact that they returned some of the stolen merchandise as a mitigating circumstance in their sentences, then so be it.  The University should not drop the charges as it would demonstrate condoning their acts.
  • NC, Columbia:
    I think the charges should be dropped everyone has made poor decisions in the heat of the moment that they regret. this is no different, let them be.
  • MF, Columbia:
    The charges should absolutely not be dropped unless other students would be excused from stealing from USC
  • BC, Columbia:
    I will never understand why a football player should be treated to a higher standard then a regular student or other citizens.The players who took property from USC & private dorms are felons!!They should go to jail>don't stop at the field>>No pre-trial junk.They know exactly what they did & must pay for it.We have younger men then the felons at USC getting killed every day. Why should football players get away with theft?Because they know we won't do anything.It Stinks!!!
  • BB, Springfield:
    Drop the charges? Come now, surely this is not being considered? It is high time athletes take responsibility for their actions. I just heard Spurrier say that he may have reacted the same way when he was in college if his team had been handed a "sentence" from the NCAA. When is USC gonna wake up and find a coach that will stand up for right and wrong. Our priorities have gotten way out of whack. College is supposed to be about building character and preparing our young people for adulthood. Does playing ball put anyone above the law? Not the last time I checked...but fom pro on down, it is becoming more common. Damn shame.
  • RM, Lexington:
    Just one more indication that The University Of SC will do anything to try to have a winning team.  Shame on anyone who would try to allow the thugs involved to escape accepting the responsibility and the appropriate punishment for their actions.
  • SH, Columbia:
    These young men should be held accountable, however I do not feel that their education/ athletic involvement should be negatively compromised. It would not serve the community for their careers to be ruined. The result would be two more people added to the list of angry, unproductive, non-contributing members of society. They need mentoring and counseling. USC and other schools have had these issues  and will have more in the future. The pro-active thing to do is develop a program allowing this type of situation to be managed when it occurs.
  • ME, Gaston:
    No, the charges should not be dropped against these players. Stealing is stealing, and for them to blame Steve Spurrier for "promising" them they would not be prosecuted is totally preposterous. Steve Spurrier is not the one who did the stealing, and cannot take the blame. These two guys need to stop whining and take their punshinment like a man.
  • RW, Columbia:
    Just because people play sports in college does not make them exempt from being law abiding citizens.  Stealing is against the law. Letting this go is sending thw wrong signal to our young people...sports or not.
  • RE:
    I imagine the police do this type of thing all the time, trying to get criminals to crack.  But irregardless, a crime was committed and confessed to.  Only the local solicitor can decide when prosecution should be pursued.  The players should just take the responsibility for their actions and move on knowing they made a bad mistake.
  • JS, Pelion:
    absoultely not! For some reason we (in this country) feel that playing ball games and being an athlete entitles them to some form of special treatment. There is far to much emphasis put on all sports these days.
  • TC, Columbia:
    If that is true have Sled go talk with the hole team and the truth will then come out. And if that is true USC need to deal with the coach.
  • DB, Columbia:
    NO!!! They commited the crime now let them do the time! It's not the coach's place to tell them there would be no prosicution. That is left up tp the USC Public Safety and the Solicitors' Office.
  • WC, Columbia:
    Are you kidding? Would charges be dropped if it was "Joe Anyone". No they would not. the matter if the coach said no charge would be pressed is not important. He does not write or inforce the law. What they did was wrong and they should be punished. No exceptions.
  • PD, Orangeburg:
    They're old enough to know better... stealing is stealing. Period.
  • LB, Gaston:
    Perhaps Lou quietly tolerated the criminal activities of his players for the sake of the football gods, but that doesn't make them any less illegal. I hope that Spurrier has better ethics than the previous football administration!
  • DT, Columbia:
    Yes. Personally, I do believe that Coach Spurrier did make the comment. I mean what person would just turn themselves in if some kind of deal had not been offered or made. The guys involved were wrong for their actions but that is just because they were frustated. I think this is just a way for Carolina to get there property back and a way for Spurrier to continue to tick Carolina fans off with his deceitful way of trying to bring USC back to glory. Ponder this thought. If these players were all american status and still on the team, would they be having such a hard time out of their coach and the university?
  • JS, Bethune:
    Not only should the charges be NOT dropped, but any and all scholarships should be revoked and awarded to some one more worthy and appreciative. p.s.-Feel free to quote me on this.
  • WK, Chapin:
    Those players knew when they stole the items they were committing a crime and were out to extract revenge from the scholl. They have been coddled most of their athletic life and felt they were special and above the laws of society and the school. They deserve to be punished fully. What sputtrier said has no bearing.
  • BH, Lexington:
    No,the charges should definately not be dropped. I don't see what is supposedly so special about these football players that they can get away with everything. They are supposed to be adults now and want to be treated like adults so why doesn't anyone? They should not be getting any special treatment at all and since they did the crime they should face up to their responsibilities. Wait until they get in the real world and keep doing all these stupid things like stealing and drugs and see how far they get.
  • MH, Elgin
    The guys should be punished for stealing regardless if they returned the items. They are role models for alot of young people.
  • MG, Durham
    I'm seriously not going to believe anything 2 thieves say when they are faced with the consequences of getting caught. Leopards never change their spots.
  • DA, West Columbia
    No I do not think that the charges should be dropped. They did the crime in the first place and now they have to pay the price. I am sick and tired of players getting slapped on the "hand" for breaking the law just because they participate in sports. They are just like everyone else in this country and they should not receive any special treatment just because they are "stars".
  • DS, Lexington
    No, the charges should not be dropped. Since when did Spurrier become law enforcement. It should not be up to him to drop the charges. He wasn't even here when it happened. These guys should quit trying to hide behind some legal jargon and take responsiblity for their actions - Oh, I almost forgot that we are not teaching our children that any more. It is always someone else's fault that we do something! If they didn't want to face charges, they should have never stolen anything!
  • AB
    I believe the charges should not be dropped. Coach Spurrier did what he said he would do. Someone else over rode his decision. They should be punished. What they did was wrong to the team, school, Columbia, and all of South Carolina.
  • KP, Lexington
    If these "players" don't want to worry about criminal charges, maybe they should have thought about that before stealing anything. No sympathy for common thieves. But at USC, they will probably get 4 chances, since they are "athletes" and nothing is more important than that in this town - not laws, or common decency. Any other person that did something like this would have been in jail a long time ago, or at least been made to pay for their crimes in some way. Great role models for young children - the coaches, the athletic staff, and the players - be good at a sport and you can get away with anything. Yeah, that's what I want my kids to learn. NOT!
  • CA, Irmo
    If the two players in question returned all of the items that they took and those items were not damaged, then I think that they should be charged with a misdemeanor and given community service. If they did not return the items, then I think the charges should not be dropped and they should go to trial.
  • BG:
    They are both theives and should be prosecuted regardless of who they are to the fullest extent of the law. What kind of message are we sending our children when we punish some and not all for a crime?
  • TS, Chapin
    Foot Ball players should not get special treatment. They have to learn to obey the law like everyone else.
  • KG, Columbia
    I don't think the charges should be dropped. They committed a crime and they should pay the price for it. They shouldn't be allowed to go free just because they are members of the team, and the items were returned.
  • CC, Lugoff
    I do not think these charges should be dropped . These guys are part of a "clean-up operation" going on right now . If they are let return to the team it will take away from a firm no-nonsense attitude coach Spurrier is setting right now .
  • JP, Columbia
    They should make them serve the consequences now for sure. They need to take responsibility for what they did and not try to get away with it by putting it off on Spurrier.
  • KK, Gaston
    No, the charges should not be dropped. First: Spurrier is not a law enforcement officer, it shouldn't be up to him to drop anything. He wasn't even here when this happened. Second: these guys are supposed to be setting an example for our future Gamecocks and that is not one I would want my son or daughter to follow. And third: Do the crime, do the time.
  • PM, Columbia
    These football players need to grow up and join the real world. There actions were criminal and they now face legal consequences. Why should adult college football players be treated any differently than you or I?
  • PS, Columbia
    Since when is football more important than Law and Justice? These "Jerks" are setting a bad example for our youth. Make them serve their sentence.
  • AA, Elgin
    They should be given at least 4 chances.
  • BB, Lexington
    Why should they get off. because there football players. no any one else would not even have the option.they commited a crime they should be treated like any other theif because thats what they are. no matter what the coach promised. but i dont see spurrier making any deals.
  • JN, Newberry
    The charges should not be dropped. They commited a crime and they should pay for it regardless if they say different. They should not have acted like little kids by stealing. Do the crime you do the time
  • JW, Columbia
    It doesn't matter if Spurrier said that all would be forgiven if the items were returned. I'm sure someone higher up told him to convey that to the players. Besides, if he didn't say that, would the players have just kept the items and thought they would get away with it? I think if Spurrier wasn't regretting his decision to come to USC before now, this definitely is making him think twice.

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