Driving School For Jadeveon Clowney?
South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney got his second major speeding ticket of the month Thursday.
Police stopped him for driving 84 mph in a 55-mph zone at about 10:30 a.m., the Associated Press reported. Clowney also got a ticket for driving 110 mph in a 70-mph zone Dec. 7.
“He needs to go to driving school doesn’t he? Somebody told me he got another speeding ticket today,” coach Steve Spurrier told reporters Thursday. “At least he'll have enough money to pay for it a week or so from now. He needs to go to driving school. Hopefully they'll send him there after the bowl game."
Clowney was less than 10 miles from campus when he got the ticket, the Associated Press reported, telling officers he was late as the Gamecocks gathered to travel to Florida for the Capital One Bowl against Wisconsin.
His first ticket was $355 and his second is $445 according to report from The State. The newspaper also said Clowney switched places with a female passenger in his Chrysler 300 after getting the ticket.
"Please slow down," the officer reportedly told Clowney. "Drive safe. We want everyone to have safe holidays."
South Carolina drivers face a suspended license when they accrue 12 points on their license in one year. Many times judges will reduce the points if a driver goes to court and enters a guilty plea, but Clowney reportedly has the option to pay the ticket by mail or online.
“It’s up to the judge,” S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles spokeswoman Beth Parks told The State regarding a hypothetical decision for Clowney to make his court appearance Feb. 18. “Sometimes, they knock the points down, and sometimes they knock the fine down, and sometimes they don’t do either.
“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 court date is the first day of the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, though the event lasts seven days and cycles through players by position group, and defensive ends typically aren't part of the first day.
Clowney's status for the bowl game shouldn't be affected, and he's already declared for the draft. The junior still is a strong candidate for the No. 1 overall selection.
Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd was pulled over for driving 84 mph in a 70 mph zone along I-20, one day before Clowney's first ticket, but was issued a warning, The State reported.
It makes for interesting headlines and another classic Spurrier quote, but Clowney's driving likely won't be a big deal. A couple of speeding tickets, even big ones, are far less troublesome to NFL teams than, say, driving under the influence, as Clowney's infractions are unlikely to put him at risk for jail time or punishment that could keep him off the field.