Former Gamecock Hampton said dispute was a 'sibling spat'
04/16/2014 1:02 PM
04/17/2014 10:27 AM
Former Gamecocks cornerback Victor Hampton was arrested for disorderly conduct after an alleged dispute with a family member last week, according to the Columbia Police Department.
Hampton is accused of getting into an argument with his sister Victoria on April 6. That argument escalated and police were called, according to Jennifer Timmons, the department's spokeswoman.
An officer arrived at the South Beltline Blvd. home around 1 p.m. to find Victor Hampton and Victoria Hampton shouting and cursing at each other, according to an incident report. The two were "threatening each other, calling each other obscene names (and) using fighting words and stances," according to the report.
After the two continued arguing loudly, the officer detained Victoria Hampton, who had to be physically held back from Victor Hampton, the report says. As the officer brought Victoria Hampton outside "to diffuse the situation," she and Victor Hampton continued shouting each other outside the home, prompting the officer to arrest both siblings.
Hampton released a statement regarding the incident Wednesday evening, calling the incident a "common sibling spat."
"My sister and I are extremely close," Hampton said. "We are embarrassed and regret this situation and the way it reflects on our family, and we are working to put this behind us."
Victor Hampton is projected to be chosen in the fourth or fifth round of the NFL draft in May. His stock could be affected by "character concerns," according to his draft profile on NFL.com.
He was briefly dismissed from the Gamecocks in 2011 for violating team rules, only to be reinstated five days later.
He and former South Carolina defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles also are wanted by the New York Police Department for questioning in a nightclub assault case in New York City, according to TMZ.com
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