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Ex-Jefferson QB Garcia In Trouble Again

Posted Mar 24, 2008 by Adam Adkins

Updated Mar 24, 2008 at 06:13 PM

Former Jefferson quarterback Stephen Garcia, who holds Hillsborough County career marks in passing yards and touchdown passes, has found trouble for the third time since signing with the University of South Carolina. Here is a story of Garcia’s latest run-in, courtesy of The Associated Press.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s highly touted freshman quarterback has been charged with underage drinking and paid a fine, marking his third run-in with police in about a year.

The State newspaper of Columbia reports that Stephen Garcia paid a $257 fine Monday after he and two other football players were charged with underage drinking over the weekend.

The 20-year-old Garcia was arrested in February 2007 and charged with drunkenness and failure to stop for a police officer.

He was arrested about a month later on charges of malicious injury to personal property after a professor reported that Garcia had used a key to scratch the man’s car.

An athletic department spokesman did not immediately know what Garcia’s status with the team was. The spokesman says coach Steve Spurrier will be available Monday night after practice.

Reader Comments

Por (Peter Szetela) on March 24, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Looks like he’s ready for the NFL, all right!

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Por (Chuck Hill) on March 24, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Spurrier and South Carolina should have dropped him from the team after the second violation! But they need a QB!

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Por (joe smith) on March 24, 2008 (Suggest removal)

A leopard does not change it’s spots.  It was only matter of time.  Did anyone let him know he was not in Tampa anymore, toto!!!

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Por (mike) on March 24, 2008 (Suggest removal)

sad that someone like him gets a full scholarship, i dont care how much talent he has, but for those kids who walk on and bust their butt all year and have no scholarship, to see him run around actin stupid and no penalties so far.. it has to be frustrating for the other guys

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Por (Xriston Turner) on March 25, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Underage drinking with some friends. Seriously give the kid a break. Yes he broke the law but come on he was having some drinks. He is 20 for Christ sake! He is not out there stealing and doing drugs. Some of you people need to get off your pedestals.

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Por (southtandme) on March 25, 2008 (Suggest removal)

what do the police follow him night and day? what about the other 20,000 kids unerage at college doing beer bongs as we speak. although i dont condone it, you all dont be hipocrits.

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Por (John Reese) on March 25, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Did Garcia get into a lot of trouble when he was in HS? It’s hard for me to believe that he just became this way since going to college.

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Por (Douchie smith) on March 30, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Why does his father just not whip his butt and put an end to this nonscence?

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