Posted: 10:55 am Saturday, May 22nd, 2010
By Jason Lieser
Former Pahokee receiver Nu’Keese Richardson said one thing he loves about playing at Division I-AA Hampton University is it keeps him out of public scrutiny, but avoiding attention will be difficult if he keeps releasing videos of his mischief.
Richardson posted a 4-minute video on his Twitter page that features him and fellow ex-Blue Devils Jarvis Byrd and Kaalum Williams walking through Wal-Mart. In the video, Byrd, a defensive back for North Carolina State, takes a T-shirt out of its packaging, puts it on and keeps going. The video does not show whether they left the store with the shirt or paid for it.
Richardson said Saturday the video, which was shot Wednesday in Riviera Beach, was just for fun and nothing was stolen.
“No one stole,” Richardson said. “Everything was paid for. We went to the front desk and paid for it.
“I never imagined stuff like this. I know now that people are out to get you. Why would I send something out like that if stuff was stolen?”
Byrd did not respond to a request for comment.
N.C. State spokesperson Annabelle Myers told The Charlotte Observer, “It seems like he’s guilty of poor judgment, but he assured us that he didn’t steal anything.”
The blog SPORTSbyBROOKS.com first reported the story Friday.
Richardson removed the video from his Twitter account. He later tweeted, “shirts got paid for so no worries,” and, “Folks these days have NO LIFE! PLEASE LEAVE ME AH ALONE.”
He has been using Twitter for only a few months, but already has learned a valuable lesson about it.
“You will never see nothing posted again,” Richardson said. “That’s a done deal.”
He is due to return to Hampton on June 1.
Richardson also said Williams is an employee at the Riviera Beach Wal-Mart.
Involvement in any form of theft could be problematic for Richardson, who was kicked out of the University of Tennessee after he was charged with attempted armed robbery in November. Prosecutors allowed him to plead to a lesser count of attempted robbery and gave him three years of probation.
John Gill, a special counsel for the Knox County (Tenn.) District Attorney General’s Office, told The Post in April that any felony or theft could result in Richardson serving a three-year prison sentence for his original crime.
For the story The Post published on Richardson last month, click here.