Friday, May 25, 2007


Derek Watson is back to doing what he does best: Getting in trouble with the law.

Former USC tailback Derek Watson, whose college career was plagued by a series of off-the-field problems, remains in jail after being charged Monday with breaking into the apartment of a Greenville woman to whom he had sold handguns.
Authorities claim the 26-year-old Watson kicked in the front door of the apartment late Sunday and stole a dual DVR tuner after realizing the woman gave Watson 28 counterfeit $20 bills in exchange for the guns — a .44 Magnum and a 9 millimeter. ...
When deputies arrived, Watson told them he had come to get his guns, which the woman had stashed behind a refrigerator. Deputies found the fake $20 bills in Watson's pocket.
A canine search of the apartment turned up a marijuana pipe, but no drugs.
The report stated that while Watson was in the patrol car, he asked a deputy, "What is worse ... selling drugs or guns?"

On one level, C&F feels sorry for Watson -- really. It's sad to see a kid with so much talent piss it away in such spectacular fashion.

On the other hand, it's hard to feel sorry for someone who was given so many chances and still somehow can't manage to get it right. One wonders how Watson might have done if he hadn't been enabled so much during his career at South Carolina.

'Maybe I should have made him a team captain.'

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