FIRING AWAY, 06.29.07
Why was Quintin Richardson stabbed? Self-defense, according to the alleged knife-wielder.
No one disputes that South Carolina football recruit Quintin Richardson was stabbed seven times Saturday. Now the case will turn on whether Ross Grant acted in self-defense.
Police said Richardson was holding Grant on the ground in an apartment complex parking lot when Grant pulled a knife and stabbed the football player.
During a bond hearing Thursday, Grant's lawyer, Byron E. Gipson, did not deny his client stabbed Richardson. Grant later released a statement, through Gipson, in which he claimed self-defense:
"I regret that this incident took place; however, please know that I acted as I did in defense of my life," Grant said. "I look forward to having this matter resolved through the legal process. I also pray for Quintin's family and for his full recovery."
Richardson's lawyer, Neal Lourie, rejected the self-defense argument.
"We understand the defense is making a claim of self-defense," Lourie said. "We don't want to get into the facts of that at this time. We dispute that. That's all I'll say of that issue."
Well, Lourie doesn't give C&F much to work with. But suffice is to say that stabbing someone seven times in self-defense seems a tad ... excessive. It does work well if you're looking for a plea bargain, though.
Was this self-defense, too?
That said, let's hear this out and see what happens.
What else is in the news for South Carolina?
--Ah, BurnLounge, we hardly new you. The story appears to be winding to an end.
Online music retailer BurnLounge said Thursday it has come to an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission regarding allegations it operates as a pyramid scheme.
An FTC spokeswoman said the commission declined comment until a judge issues an order that is expected early next week.
BurnLounge claimed the agreement allows it to continue operating, though without some of the cash rewards investors received for recruiting others to buy online franchises.
But, again, it's not a pyramid scheme or anything.
--The battle over the broadcast rights for USC games is set to begin.
AS THE UNIVERSITY of South Carolina enters the final year of its contract with Learfield Communications and ISP Sports, athletics director Eric Hyman is preparing to send notices that the rights to Gamecocks sports properties (radio broadcasts, TV shows, etc.) are up for bid.
"We'll send them out in July or August," Hyman said this week. "We'll wait for the responses and then review the bids and go from there."
The group that can offer a combination of the most money and best exposure for the USC program will be the winner.
Hyman said he expects a number of companies to show interest in the Gamecocks, including Learfield and ISP as well as the former rights holder, Host Communications. ...
It's difficult to believe Clear Channel, which owns four FM stations in the area, won't go after USC sports, especially since it likes to boast of having "the best Gamecocks coverage" in the Midlands. Such Clear Channel stations as WVOC and WCOS-AM 1400 have offered extensive pregame and postgame coverage during the past several football seasons. But not having the game broadcasts themselves would make "the best Gamecocks coverage" claim sound hollow.
It hasn't stopped them so far.