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2 USC men’s basketball players arrested, charged in property crimes

Gamecock freshman Jamall Gregory attempts to corral the ball against Allen University in exhibition play Sunday afternoon at Colonial Life Arena. The Gamecocks will begin their season November 14 against Norfolk State. 11/8/15
Gamecock freshman Jamall Gregory attempts to corral the ball against Allen University in exhibition play Sunday afternoon at Colonial Life Arena. The Gamecocks will begin their season November 14 against Norfolk State. 11/8/15 online@thestate.com

Two University of South Carolina men’s basketball players have been arrested in connection with properties damaged with a BB gun.

The Columbia Police Department announced the arrests Thursday morning:

According to Columbia police:

▪  USC freshman forward Eric Cobb is charged with malicious injury to private property and third degree assault and battery.

▪  USC freshman guard Jamal Gregory is charged with one count of malicious injury to real property, and three counts of malicious injury to personal property.

Cobb and Gregory were served arrest warrants early this morning and will go before a judge in bond court for the misdemeanor charges, according to police. Both were booked at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

Columbia police initiated an investigation earlier this month into property crimes in collaboration with the University of South Carolina Division of Law Enforcement and Safety.

Police say that, on March 7, Cobb is accused of shooting a BB pellet gun at an occupied vehicle while at the 2100 block of Blossom Street. The male victim in the car was not injured, but the right rear passenger door was damaged.

University Hill Neighborhood president Kathryn Fenner talks about recent bb gun shootings that have left neighbors with $12,000 worth of damage.

Gregory allegedly used a BB pellet gun to damage three cars on March 9 along the 900 block of Laurens Street. Damage was done to two windows and a door, according to police.

Gregory also is accused of using a BB pellet gun to damage the side of a building at the 800 block of Park Street on March 6.

USC coach Frank Martin announced the indefinite suspensions of Cobb, Gregory and sophomore Marcus Stroman, redshirt freshman TeMarcus Blanton and freshman Chris Silva for “a conduct issue” 90 minutes before the Gamecocks began NIT play on Tuesday. Martin offered no details but said that players need to understand that playing basketball is a privilege, not a right.

Asked if the five would be part of the program going forward, Martin replied, “I have no idea.”

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