Three-time pro bowler and former Carolina Panthers running back and Stephen Davis has been arrested for writing fraudulent checks and operating a business without a license.
Davis, 38, was arrested by South Carolina Revenue Department investigators Wednesday after they accused him of operating the PURE Lounge on Berryhill Road in Columbia for nearly three months without a license, according to a release. Davis lives in Irmo and owns the nightclub, which had its retail license revoked in July. Businesses can lose their retail licenses for a variety of reasons, a revenue department spokeswoman said.
The running back was also charged with three counts of writing fraudulent checks once he was arrested. He’s accused of writing three checks for $4,257.93 between May and June without having enough money in his bank account to cover the expenses.
Davis is being held at Lexington County Detention Center on bonds totaling $5,300.
Originally from Spartanburg, Davis was an All-SEC running back at Auburn University in the early 1990s, and is the school’s fourth all-time leading rusher. He was drafted in the 4th round of the 1996 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, where he made two pro bowl teams. In 2003, he signed with the Carolina Panthers and played with the team during its Super Bowl run that year. He retired after a single season with the St. Louis Rams in 2006.
—R. Darren Price