Mainord arrested, allegedly stole TV, DVD player

Updated: March 2, 2005, 11:56 PM ET
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Two South Carolina players have been suspended indefinitely from the team after police arrested one of the players for stealing televisions from dorm rooms, the latest in a string of disciplinary problems involving the Gamecocks since late last season.

Tackle Kevin Mainord was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree burglary and two counts of simple larceny.

Mainord, a redshirt freshman, and defensive end Moe Thompson, a junior, were suspended, athletics spokesman Kerry Tharp said Wednesday. Thompson has not been arrested or charged in the incident, university spokesman Russ McKinney said.

According to an arrest warrant, Mainord and Thompson entered a room about 3:30 a.m. Feb. 23 while the female residents were sleeping and Mainord admitted to taking a television and DVD player as well as $12.

A second arrest warrant states Mainord entered another dorm room and stole a television with another person, but it does not name Thompson.

"We're all extremely embarrassed by these allegations," coach Steve Spurrier said in a statement. "I apologize to everyone who loves the University of South Carolina. I have said many times as a coach I personally can't control what our players and former players do all of the time. But I can assure you that if these charges prove to be true those involved will never wear the garnet and black and represent our university on the football field."

Thompson had 24 tackles and three sacks in 11 games last season. He is one of six players suspended for the Gamecocks season-opener against Central Florida on Sept. 3 for his part in an on-field brawl against Clemson last season. He also was one of several players not allowed to work out with the team last summer because of poor classroom attendance.

Mainord's arrest comes one day after new South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier dismissed leading rusher Demetris Summers from the team for violating athletics department policy. The (Columbia, S.C.) State reported Wednesday, citing anonymous sources, that Summers failed two drug tests. The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier, also citing anonymous sources, reported that Summers tested positive for marijuana more than once.

"We've had some misfortune over the past several days with some of our student-athletes," Tharp said. "However I can assure you this athletics department and football coaching staff will handle this situation decisively and appropriately."

Last month, six other South Carolina players were charged after a total of $18,000 worth of computer and video equipment and framed photographs were taken from South Carolina's stadium Nov. 22. The theft occurred shortly after the team was told they would not go to a bowl game as punishment for the fight with Clemson.

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