Gamecocks head football coach Steve Spurrier knows how to prove a point.
Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott handcuffed him right in front of the media following spring practice.
But, it was all a joke. He did it to demonstrate — and downplay — what happened to the Gamecocks’ top recruit Jadeveon Clowney.
Check out this video from GamecockAnthem.com and listen to the reporters in the background. Spurrier had them going:
“Holy, s_ _t, he’s being arrested.”
“I think this is for show, just keep rolling.”
“Get a shot of the handcuffs.”
“He can’t find the keys. Please don’t find the keys.”
Should we start collecting bail money?”
Here’s the backstory: Columbia police handcuffed and detained Clowney, who signed with the Gamecocks as the nation’s top recruit, early Friday morning because authorities said he fit the description of burglar.
“They stopped us and said we fit a description,” Clowney told The State newspaper. He said he was with South Pointe High School teammate and fellow Gamecocks signee Gerald Dixon when he was stopped. “They said some guy called and said he got robbed and said (Clowney) had a gun. He said we fit the description.”
Police stopped Clowney at 2:30 a.m. But Chief Scott stressed that the 18-year-old did nothing wrong.
“A lot of people would probably get upset getting handcuffed, but the police have a tough job to do,” Spurrier told reporters. “They don’t know who has a gun who’s going to shoot them or not. So a lot of times they will handcuff a person, ask him a few questions and that’s the end of it.”
“Jadeveon was not arrested,” Spurrier said. “It was a mistaken identity and he was let go very soon after they asked him a few questions.”
Chief Scott said his officers acted appropriately.
As for the reporters covering Spurrier’s fake arrest — gotcha!