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.
Videos of Nu'Keese Richardson's shopping experience YouTube.