Jadeveon Clowney told a Columbia police officer who pulled over the Gamecocks star for speeding Thursday that he was running late for his team's departure to a bowl game in Orlando.
"I've got to get to the stadium before they leave," Clowney told the officer in a video of the traffic stop released Friday. "I got like three minutes."
Clowney was cited for driving 84 mph in a 55 mph zone near on I-126 intersect. The speeding ticket was the presumed NFL top draft pick's second this month for going more than 25 mph over the speed limit.
The Chrysler 300 driven by Clowney passed the officer on I-126 and was pulled over soon after, the video showed. The officer talked to Clowney briefly before issuing the ticket in the conversation where the defensive end said he was running behind schedule.
After handing him the ticket, the officer mistakenly told Clowney that his court was Feb. 14, the player's birthday. He said the correct date is Feb. 18.
"I wouldn't give nobody a citation to show up on..., " the officer said without finishing the sentence.
After receiving the ticket, Clowney got out of the car and exchanged seats with a female passenger, the video showed.
Clowney spoke briefly to the officer but what he said was unintelligible.
"Please slow down," the officer told Clowney. "Drive safe. We want everyone to have safe holidays."
Clowney tweeted a picture of himself in Orlando, Fla., with law enforcement Friday:
We in here me and my boys lol pic.twitter.com/sKfDdvMoDo— jadeveon clowney 7 (@clownejd) December 27, 2013
Opposing linemen can’t stop Jadeveon Clowney, but S.C.’s finest can. And have. Again.
Thursday morning, the University of South Carolina football star got another traffic ticket for speeding.
This time, an officer from the Columbia Police Department stopped one of the nation’s top defensive players and charged him with going 84 miles per hour in a 55-mph zone.
The stop took place around 10:30 a.m. Thursday on the outskirts of Columbia’s downtown, where I-26 meets I-126, according to a traffic citation obtained by The State newspaper. The citation was released through official police channels at the paper’s request.
“I tell you, he needs to go to driving school doesn’t he?” USC coach Steve Spurrier said later in the day during a press conference in Orlando, Fla., where the team flew Thursday afternoon to prepare for Wednesday’s Capital One Bowl game. “At least he’ll have enough money to pay for it in a week or so. Hopefully, they’ll send him (to driving school) after the bowl game.”
On the amount of fines, he said: “They keep adding up don’t they?”
Clowney on Thursday was issued a $445 ticket, which he can pay online or in person.
Police inspector Jim Crawford said the officer involved said Clowney was courteous and didn’t complain. Crawford said the officer thought Clowney’s name was familiar but did not know who he was.
The stop is the second this month for Clowney.
In early December, a state Highway Patrol trooper ticketed him for going 110 mph in a 70-mph zone on I-77 in Fairfield County.
Clowney was given a $355 ticket for that offense. That offense would mean a maximum of six points against Clowney’s license because he was traveling 25 or more miles per hour more than the posted limit.
Clowney was also going 25 mph more than the posted limit when he was stopped Thursday morning, according to the citation.
South Carolina drivers have their licenses suspended once they accumulate 12 points.
Exactly how many points Clowney will receive on his license for the latest offense isn’t known.
“It’s up to the judge,” said S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles spokeswoman Beth Parks on Thursday. But that means you have to show up in court.
“Sometimes, they knock the points down, and sometimes they knock the fine down, and sometimes they don’t do either.”
Parks said, “Of course, we want Clowney to go fast on the field, but people need to follow the rules of the road when they are driving.”
The day before Clowney was clocked speeding 110 mph in Fairfield County, a rival Clemson University star was stopped for speeding in Kershaw County, northeast of Columbia.
Unlike Clowney, Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd was issued only a warning for traveling 84 mph in a 70-mph zone along I-20.