Nu'Keese Richardson in news again after video surfaces

Former University of Tennessee football player Nu'Keese Richardson leaves after pleading guilty Monday, Jan. 11, 2010 to one count of attempted robbery in a Knox County Criminal Court.

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Former University of Tennessee football player Nu'Keese Richardson leaves after pleading guilty Monday, Jan. 11, 2010 to one count of attempted robbery in a Knox County Criminal Court.

Nu'Keese Richardson might be guilty of more bad judgment.

But that appears to be all the former Tennessee wide receiver could be charged with based on the video he released last week.

The clip, posted on Twitter and first reported by the website SportsByBrooks.com on Friday, shows North Carolina State defensive back Jarvis Byrd and Richardson's friend Kaalum Williams in a Florida Wal-Mart joking about stealing T-shirts and using a stream of vulgarities and derogatory language. Richardson is the cameraman and posted the video himself, but he has since denied that anything was stolen and no charges have been filed - which is important since that would likely be a violation of his probation for his part in the attempted armed robbery that led to his dismissal at UT last fall.

Special counsel for the Knox County District Attorney's Office John Gill was made aware of the video on Tuesday, but that by itself isn't enough to lead to any sort of punishment for Richardson.

"At any rate, there is no basis for us to take any action at this point," Gill wrote in an e-mail to the News Sentinel.

There might not ever be one since Richardson told the Palm Beach Post that everything was paid for after the video was shot, but either way the incident is another example of poor decision-making for the once highly touted recruit.

Richardson pleaded down to a lesser count of armed robbery for his role in the November incident with Mike Edwards and Janzen Jackson on The Strip off UT's campus, and that deal included three years of probation. Any felony or theft during that time could trigger punishment for the original crime and a three-year prison sentence, but Richardson maintained his innocence over the weekend in an interview with the Post.

"No one stole," Richardson told the newspaper. "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, a former teammate of Richardson's at Pahokee High School, has also been adamant that the items were paid for before leaving the store.

Despite ripping open the packaging for a shirt, putting it on and then putting his own shirt on top of it, Byrd has also said the video isn't exactly what it seems.

"It seems like he's guilty of poor judgment, but he assured us that he didn't steal anything," North Carolina State sports information director Annabelle Myers told The Charlotte Observer.

Byrd isn't the only one dealing with questions about his judgment thanks to the trip to Wal-Mart, though they've been following around Richardson for months.

In a separate interview with the Post last month, Richardson talked about growing up and realizing the importance of his actions as he prepares to move on at Hampton, but this surely didn't help his cause.

He has taken down the video from his Twitter account and later wrote that the "shirts got paid for so no worries" and asked to be left alone. But it's not likely to disappear from the rest of the Internet, and it could well be used as another piece of evidence against him in the future.

"You will never see nothing posted again," Richardson told the Post. "That's a done deal."

Assuming no charges come from the video, he won't have to worry about his deal in Knoxville either.

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reeceb73 writes:

what an idiot! How stupid can one person be? You are on probation, kicked off one football team, and then you release this video. It doesn't matter if they paid for the stuff or not, this was another poor decision by apparently an extremely immature kid.

Colliervol writes:

No. Bad judgement is trying rob 3 kids in a beat up car at 2 in the morning when all they have is a cheeseburger. And throwing away a college career while doing it.

govols1234567 writes:

Dang.. I saw these on Facebook a couple days ago and had a feeling something like this would happen. Crazy guy

HtownVol writes:

What makes no sence to me is how many 19 year old kids (especially football players and kids that are all about ME) wear t-shirts from Wal-Mart?

It is SO SAD! This kid would have been very exciting in the wild cat. I remember that 40 yard run on the first offensive play in a game last year. The kid could have been a star.

Now he will be in prison in a couple years. Lets hope that CDD has weeded out the bad ones already. We seem to be on the right track, image wise. I cant get too mad about D Myles. His arrest sounds like he just had too much to drink, and 99% of us have had too much to drink, even under age. Not saying it was right, but we have seen much worse in the past 12 months.

VolGrad writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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You are probably right.

It is scary to realize that the mentality reflected in these actions is so prevalent, but you see it and worse on every episode of Cops, The First 48 and other similar TV shows.

Just for the record, Nuke:

1. Stealing is illegal, and engaging in that type of activity leads to a shortened life span.
2. Joking around about stealing has no redeeming value. It is not commendable, not cool, and the only points it gets you on the street is with people you don't need to be "scoring" with anyway.
3. This type of behavior not only hurts others, it brings dishonor and embarassment to yourself.

I hope someone is able to really get through to this young man before something else happens because he obviously still doesn't "get it" as per his statement below:
"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?"

Nuke, 1)why would you even be joking or hanging with guys who are joking about stealing? 2. why would you document something so stupid in a video to begin with (or do you really think this is cool... to joke about stealing)? 3. why would you further open yourself up to public scrutiny by posting this moronic display of immaturity on the web???!!!

And you think people are just out to get you? Back up and look at your juvenile and idiotic actions. Don't complain about having to eat rotten eggs while asking for more of the same.

Please grow up, and stop blaming others for things you are bringing on yourself. Enough people will talk badly about you without you ever doing another questionable act. You're making it that much worse by actually giving them so many clear and justifiable reasons.

rhmhrh writes:

Ther is an old song that says "Thank God and Greyhound He's Gone"
Ross

Georgia_Dave writes:

As a High School teacher, I see this same attitude and immaturity EVERY DAY. Our kids have lost the moral compass and aren't afraid of any consequences. As far as the future, most can't see farther ahead than the next 5 minutes. Hope someone can get to this young man SOON!!! Just glad he's no longer a VOL. If you see this Nuke, get some other person to emulate LIKE ERIC BERRY!!!!!!!!!!

CHITOWNVOL writes:

this kid is so ghetto. i'm so glad he's out of here. hope this new recruiting class of kids stays out of trouble and goes to class and learns and all the things college kids are supposed to do.

dvols writes:

fear the kiffin?

Georgia_Dave writes:

in response to dvols:

fear the kiffin?

You are so right, dvols. Let's see, wasn't the comment something like "Meyer tried to cheat to get NuKeese, but we got him even though Urban tried to cheat." Guess Lame K should have let FL have him to begin with. Still hope he gets help though.

txsvol#372416 writes:

It might not be a good story, but at least it is a Nu' story. I thought the sports scribes at KNS had taken the month off, just having recycled stories posted from other sources. SAVol

VOL03_NC writes:

"You will never see nothing posted again," Richardson told the Post. "That's a done deal."

I would think that he learned the first time. Three times maynot be a charm!

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

Still trying to be a "thug" even if acting like it on probation.

Such wasted potential. Could have been a Vol great.

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

This guy would have been a kick-returner on those thug Miami teams of the 80's.

And fit right in.....

easleychuck writes:

in response to Colliervol:

No. Bad judgement is trying rob 3 kids in a beat up car at 2 in the morning when all they have is a cheeseburger. And throwing away a college career while doing it.

Your post is right on the money. This latest nonsense should not be of any concern to anyone associated with the Vols. Hope he did not violate his probation and throw his second chance away. Really it just shows he still doesn't quite 'get it'. But again, not a Vol and I, personally, have no skin invested in him anymore.

Hope it turns out for the best but as someone said about poor judgement, stupid is, as stupid does or something to that effect.

SoddyVol writes:

Permissive society, not held responsible for our own actions, its society's fault. Government will take care of you so you can never fail. These things promoted by Liberals result in REAL failure. It affects all of us.

crimsonviper writes:

in response to MOUNTAINofOKEMO:

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Okemo says too much.
You need to give it up.

CoodyJohnson writes:

Special needs kids are nerve racking

Slystone writes:

Some of the kids in this Generation just don't use common sense. Like seeing these kids post their personal business on Facebook. Why?

Huttdawg100 writes:

I'm really disturbed by this because we backed both Nuke and Kiffin for their stupidity last year. Now, both are gone, and Dooley's gotta try and dig us out of that hole. Enough with those two... Let's focus on fall 2010 and those truly faithful to Rocky Top.

yabadabadoo1026 writes:

in response to crimsonviper:

Okemo says too much.
You need to give it up.

agreed----------another WD wannabe looking like an idiot in the process

allvol32 writes:

"Despite ripping open the packaging for a shirt, putting it on and then putting his own shirt on top of it, Byrd has also said the video isn't exactly what it seems."

This would be funny if it weren't so darned sad...

worldwideturd writes:

"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?"

Because you're an immature punk...

smokies_old_soul writes:

"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?"

that quote identifies the real problem - this kid is nothing but a dumb thug who breaks the law and then blames other people for his own behavior - just like when he was at UT, he whined about his playing time and immediately got more snaps the next game.

just to show his gratitude for the extended field time, he pulled his vol-thug-of-the-year stunt at the Pilot.

great kid, yeah.

richvol writes:

This is just further documentation that Dooley is doing the right thing for Tennessee by putting as much consideration for a kid's character as their athletic ability before he offers them a scholarship. If Fulmer had done as much Tennessee wouldn't have been so embarrassed with all the thug arrests over the past several years AND we would have a deeper football team right now. I have no patience for this kind of thing and this kid,as stupid as he is,will get into trouble again. He thinks this was a problem because people are out to get him? Moron...

Denvervol4life writes:

This boy makes u scratch your head....He needs a crash course on common sense...

volsfannsc writes:

Is it just me or does it seem that the criminal justice system is sending him the wrong signals? Convicted of armed robbery, he gets probation? Maybe the problem lies there. While providing a kid with a world of second chances, the signal being sent is "it's okay- you have talent and potential so you get a break" not once giving thought to the fact that this kid couldn't care less and will never give up his thug attitude. Giving him a slap on the wrist and hoping he realizes his mistake is just blind nonsense. He has a serious problem, exhibited by serious actions, which warrants a harsh deterrent and some effort in discovering and rehabilitating the root of his problems. Only then can the cycle of his behavior be broken. Dont get me wrong- society isnt to blame, but we don't exactly handle the problem with great efficiency.

fUTureVol writes:

With the attitude and decision making skills this guy has, he'll be lucky to be in prison later in life.....and not dead.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Just when you think it's safe to go back in the water.......

GreerVol22 writes:

no goals, no aspirations, no Jesus....no money for t-shirts? ......come on man, you're videoing this from a $500 I-Phone that cost at least $100 per month to maintain, and you think its OK to be doing this? like Ralphy May said....I can't decide if your a punk azz biatch or a biatch azz punk...

CadmiumOchre (Inactive) writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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Witch, since joining this forum and becoming acquainted with your posts, I learned that fun aside you lend wisdom here. That one is well-served to give heed to your advice and comments. Thus it is with some trepidation I advance the following.

1. There's stupid, then there's where even one's stupidity is beyond stupid.

2. Taught or untaught, we all have an inner awareness of right and wrong. When you consistently choose wrong it has less to do with being taught than having sense or even desire enough to avoid doing something you know is detrimental to your own and/or others well-being. Such choice indicates and unwillingness to change and a preference for compounding one wrong on top of another wrong and yet another and so on.

I've been in Nuke's corner pulling for him, and by the way-he has a mentor at his new college. Recall the guy who praised him there and his commitment to guiding him, providing support etc. But you can't help someone who refuses to be helped. I'm all for second chances for goodness knows, I've had mine after doing things it is not even possible for me to be proud of today. Had my good knock up side the head too that set me straighter than I was before and I wasn't anywhere near straight back then. But there comes a time when enough is enough with some people who refuse to learn no matter how many or how hard the head knocks are. In Nuke's case, he literally has/had a chance to recoup the "lost chance" for lifetime financial security and playing a game he loves. Here he is throwing opportunity away again. A chance to practically hit the lottery jackpot without surrendering any of your own money in the process (scholarship)and all you got to do is play a game you enjoy playing, are good at playing, and stay out of trouble for just a few years. Taught or untaught, even my wife's cat understands that. We only pay the thing Friskies Natural Sensations treats to not scratch the furniture. Want something you like, kitty? Good, stay away from the freaking furniture. Want to make millions of bucks and bonus cash, Nuke? Good, stay way from criminal-like behavior. Huh? Oh that treat doesn't work on you?

There's stupid, then there's where even one's stupidity is beyond stupid. Or my wife's cat is smarter?

CadmiumOchre (Inactive) writes:

in response to golfndogs:

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You don't even know what Nu'Keese means or what culture/language it originates, or why his mother named him that, or even if his mother selected the name. Furthermore, you can raise a kid right despite the forces of media and peer pressure but when that kid walks out the door, your ability to control what happens with that kid goes out the door too. This is why, you snotty know it all, that kids of preachers, psychiatrists, teachers, cops, politicians, rich folks, and other upright standards of society acts just as if not more stupid. Finally, your insulting his mother really shows your character. Some may be lousy at the job of motherhood but nobody has a harder job than mothers, nor suffers the most when a child for wont of a better term FAILS. Nuke is answerable for his own behavior. You know why? he's not a child anymore so when he scrapes his knee, he has to dab alcohol or hydrogen peroxide on it, rub some antibiotic salve on and bandage it himself. His days as a baby and a toddler are over so don't go badmouthing his mom. Especially since you don't know her or how she raised her son.

CadmiumOchre (Inactive) writes:

in response to MOUNTAINofOKEMO:

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This OKEMO stuff is just a grade "F" imitation of Witchdoctor. Accept that in this forum there's only one Witchdoctor, always was, always will be.

10volunteers98 writes:

Man,I`m glad this moron is gone from U.T!What an idiot!

V_O_L_S_GO_VOLS_GO writes:

in response to CadmiumOchre:

This OKEMO stuff is just a grade "F" imitation of Witchdoctor. Accept that in this forum there's only one Witchdoctor, always was, always will be.

Thank goodness someone else shares my sentiments...

volaholic45 writes:

Nuke cannot free himself from thug culture, the people he was thinking of when he posted the video, the people who thought it was funny and cool. He is finding out the hard way that thug culture is incompatible with success in life outside the hood, and in my opinion is trying to find some level of thug-lite behavior that will work. Trouble is, it won't. He really needs a sea-change in his life.

Take his response to this kerfuffle - shoplifting video out of bounds? Who'd a thought it, but OK, I won't do that anymore. There aren't enough second chances in the world to weed out the thug antics from his repertoire one by one. This kid won't make it far before self-destructing without divine intervention and major soul renovation. In short, he needs the Lord.

volboy81 writes:

he gives STUPID a bad name!

finn writes:

On a brighter note, if Nuke is this dumb, it is entirely possible that he was telling the truth when he said the whole stick-up was only meant to be a prank. the guy is clearly not on the same page when it comes to excercising judgement. I really hope somebody shakes some sense into him very soon.

volincolorado26 writes:

Just as Bill Engvall says "you can't fix stupid"

InertGas writes:

The cure for this guy's problems may be painful. I see a jail cell is in his future.

Vol86 writes:

It is all just too sad to even poke fun anymore. Our society is sinking. The fiber of our whole country starting from the top is falling apart. I am not wild about this facebook and twitter stuff anyways. Pick-up a darn book.

Vol86 writes:

in response to RichRollin:

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Middle aged white women the major problem with our society. Lets try to sell that one.

Orange_Juiced writes:

NuKeese has not learned anything from the robbery attempt that 1) got him kicked off the Vols squad and 2) landed him with three years probation. He still thinks it's funny and "not really a bad deal" if he's willing to post this video. There is no internal guilt, there is no remorse for a mistake made. They didn't really steal anything anyway...it was just a good time...really man...what's the big deal?

So this is how he gets his kicks? Pretending to commit a crime? I don't know if it's because he still thinks himself "bullet proof" or if he simply has no moral compass, but either way the guy is no different than he was six months ago...a year ago...five years ago...and until he feels what real punishment is like, then most likely he won't change.

I'm not saying that 3 years probation was too lenient considering the crime...most likely it was just about right. And getting kicked off the Vols most likely didn't bum him out, because like most 19 year olds, all he can see is what's right in front of him, and the future will take care of itself anyway. I'm sure all he's looking for anyway is a fast track to big $$ in the NFL.

Of course I don't know the kid and I may be all wrong about him, but I do have two boys about the same age, and I gotta tell ya, it's tough keeping them focused and tough for them to stay focused with so many new and wonderful distractions coming their way. That's why we discipline...so they will learn self-discipline. I think that is something NuKeese has not had and has not learned. But for his sake, I hope he does.

Peace and GBO.

illinoisvolfan writes:

Pants on the ground,
Pants on the ground,
Lookin' like a FOOL with your pants on the ground...

KevDVol writes:

I can't believe we allowed our program to be highjacked by a coach who would glamorize and promote the "talents" of a semi-literate child over proven student athletes. Some of you may scoff at the fact that we were one year removed from an SEC championship appearance but we had some decent talent on this team when Kiffin arrived. If you want proof, please see the NFL 2010 draft. Kiffin ran off developing players to make room for his "talent." Hopefully, we are never fooled again by a few hucksters that roll into town promising everything and delivering nothing. And before anyone starts a rebuttal talking about the high quality recruits that were tricked into coming here, please note the subject matter of the article above and the fact that the "coaches" LEFT TOWN.

Also, someone please tell Emperor Mike Hamilton that despite what he thinks Kiffin and Orgeron sold him...he has no clothes on. Hopefully, Dooley will get Hammy a fig leaf while he tries to create some real fabric. Go Vols!

Biggie writes:

"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?"

Because you're stupid?

illinoisvolfan writes:

in response to KevDVol:

I can't believe we allowed our program to be highjacked by a coach who would glamorize and promote the "talents" of a semi-literate child over proven student athletes. Some of you may scoff at the fact that we were one year removed from an SEC championship appearance but we had some decent talent on this team when Kiffin arrived. If you want proof, please see the NFL 2010 draft. Kiffin ran off developing players to make room for his "talent." Hopefully, we are never fooled again by a few hucksters that roll into town promising everything and delivering nothing. And before anyone starts a rebuttal talking about the high quality recruits that were tricked into coming here, please note the subject matter of the article above and the fact that the "coaches" LEFT TOWN.

Also, someone please tell Emperor Mike Hamilton that despite what he thinks Kiffin and Orgeron sold him...he has no clothes on. Hopefully, Dooley will get Hammy a fig leaf while he tries to create some real fabric. Go Vols!

I'm glad your reference to Hamilton with no clothes on is not to be taken literally. Lord have mercy, that would look worse than Ogre-ron with no shirt...and that was disgusting.

CadmiumOchre (Inactive) writes:

in response to Vol86:

Middle aged white women the major problem with our society. Lets try to sell that one.

Statisticians tend to not focus on certain categories of the population so that certain myths may perpetuate. If they did, you probably not surprised but (snort) indignant of what they find and calling them all kinds of unpleasant names. It's part of society's double standard. Now and then the entertainment industry dabbles into areas everyone knows about but no one seriously addresses the issue. to wit: Single White Femaie, Disclosure, Swimfan, Fatal Attraction, Desperate Housewives - but let's not knock pale gals, our entire society is just plain SICK. We haven't lost our moral compass, we've stomped it to pieces and threw it away..

KevDVol writes:

in response to illinoisvolfan:

I'm glad your reference to Hamilton with no clothes on is not to be taken literally. Lord have mercy, that would look worse than Ogre-ron with no shirt...and that was disgusting.

My quote is just a much more babbling version of your "pants on the ground."

VOLliven2it writes:

One big deal with young folk today is there just is no sense of SHAME. I am almost 50(ancient)but as I came up when someone did atrocious things, he or she was made to feel ashamed. Psychology has associated shame so much with guilt(sometimes needed)and false guilt(never helpful)concluding that no one should be made to feel ashamed. It might hurt their tender egos. If society would bring back shame and deal with persons who act shamefully, maybe we could win back the hearts of young people and preserve some of our best potential ones to come whether it be in sports, entertainment or academics. We are losing far too many to the negative side of life Let's be honest, as long as people feel no real shame for things they do, they just do them over and over again or on another level. I hope this young man gets it turned around. That looks at this point to be a long shot at best.

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