Byrd video may just be 'poor judgment'

Staff writerMay 22, 2010 

Despite the looks of a Youtube video, N.C. State cornerback Jarvis Byrd told an athletic department spokeswoman that he did not steal a T-shirt at a Wal-Mart in Florida.

"It seems like he's guilty of poor judgment, but he assured us that he didn't steal anything," said N.C. State sports information director Annabelle Myers.

In the homemade video, Byrd and two friends identified as former Pahokee High teammates Nu'Keese Richardson and Kaalum Williams walk through a Wal-Mart store looking at clothing and playfully using foul language while they tease each other at around midnight.

Richardson, a wide receiver, was dismissed from the Tennessee football team after being charged with armed robbery and has enrolled at Hampton University.

Near the end of the video, Byrd removed his shirt in the store, took a T-shirt out from its packaging, put on the T-shirt and put his shirt over it. Byrd told Myers that he later paid for the T-shirt.

He said Williams is an employee at the Wal-mart, and that other Wal-mart employees were following them around and watching them in amusement at the store.

Myers said Saturday that she hadn't been able to speak yet with N.C. State coach Tom O'Brien about Byrd's involvement in the video because O'Brien was on his way home from Ireland.

Editor's note: Because of language that some might find offensive, the video is not linked on this site.

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