Former Vol Cameron Clear pleads guilty to misdemeanor theft

Former Vol Cameron Clear and his attorney Robert L. Jolley pay court costs after Clear pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft.

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Former Vol Cameron Clear and his attorney Robert L. Jolley pay court costs after Clear pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft.

Cameron Clear pleads guilty to misdemeanor theft

Former University of Tennessee football player Cameron Clear pleaded guilty Friday to an amended charge of misdemeanor theft.

Clear appeared before Judge Geoff Emery in Knox County General Sessions Court.

Clear was approved for judicial diversion and will pay court costs. Possible restitution will be determined later for the laptop computer Clear was charged with stealing from a dorm room in Gibbs Hall.

Clear was originally charged with felony theft. Prosecution agreed to the amended charge of misdemeanor theft.

Clear was accompanied by attorney Robert L. Jolley Jr., and declined to make a statement outside the courtroom.

“We’re pleased that Randy Nichols, the district attorney general in this case, allowed Cameron to forward in his life by granting this judicial diversion,’’ Jolley said,

“We also wanted to take this opportunity to again thank the University of Tennessee for allowing him the opportunity to play football there.’’

Clear, who caught one pass as a freshman tight end in 2011, was dismissed from the team in May. He is in the process of determining where he will resume his career.

A leading possibility is Arizona Western, a junior college in Yuma, Ariz.

“He’s got several options,’’ Jolley said. “We’re trying to explore those. We don’t know where we are quite yet.’’

On May 22, Clear was discovered with a stolen MacBook Pro belonging to a member of the UT baseball team. That same day, an affidavit included in a University of Tennessee Police Department search warrant application targeted 10 items totaling $5,170 in Clear’s Gibbs Hall dorm room.

The execution of that search warrant came up empty handed, though the applying detective noted in the affidavit, “Clear has also posted listings on several websites stating he had items matching the general description of the stolen items for sale.”

The case, however, ended with Friday’s plea.

“My understanding is that this is the last legal problem Cameron has with the district attorney’s office,’’ Jolley said.

Jolley said restitution has yet to be determined. The stolen laptop is still in the hands of law-enforcement officials.

A hearing was set for Aug. 24 to determine restitution. Clear’s presence was waived.

By the terms of judicial diversion, if Clear stays out of trouble for 11 months, 29 days, the charge could be expunged from his record.

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Comments » 41

VolzsFan writes:

Hey Dooley, all of the great teams have some thugs. That is part of it. But you are a sub 500 guy with thugs. Time to win baby but I know it will not happen.

RockyTop1_old writes:

He Clearly was guilty...so sad for such one with his tallent... GBO!!

laraccoon writes:

make the most of your second chance Mr Clear and good luck .

lguy (Inactive) writes:

in response to JBVols1698:

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'pleaded' is correct

mdvol writes:

Future Trojan.

atributetoLombardiwasbanned writes:

in response to RockyTop1_old:

He Clearly was guilty...so sad for such one with his tallent... GBO!!

The truest justice for young Mr Clear will be in watching the Vols compete for the East this year and win the SEC next.
All the while thinking "What if?".

PUL4VOLS writes:

So we wonder why these young men keep doing these kinds of things...just look at his outcome. If you or I did what Mr. Clear did, would our felony be reduced? I don't think so. I am concerned the punishment does not fit the crime but what do I know? I hope the kid gets it together and makes something positive of his life. A lesser crime plea does not necessarily mean he will do that.

Munsterlander writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

Hey Dooley, all of the great teams have some thugs. That is part of it. But you are a sub 500 guy with thugs. Time to win baby but I know it will not happen.

Mental midget and no Vols fan.

EntourageVol writes:

I hope his new teammates lock their doors

crimsonviper writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

Hey Dooley, all of the great teams have some thugs. That is part of it. But you are a sub 500 guy with thugs. Time to win baby but I know it will not happen.

Weak troll attempt...Complete flop. But,that is just part of it I suppose.

wildmed writes:

"Misdemeanor theft" is a bogus copout. This leniency will only enable Clear, this is not his last time before the court. Should have taught him a lesson, as it is he now knows he can get away with crime. Diversion my butt.

BigShow writes:

Thug.

Colliervol writes:

Quick question. How does anybody really learn a lesson when there is no jail time? Diversion? Please.

jumby92 writes:

If Dooley hadn't got caught in that halfway attempt to cover this up, he would be reinstating Clear from suspension right now because it was "only a misdemeanor"...the plea, not the crime. Thieves are useless. We are better off without one in the locker room, it is bad for morale.

MetroplexMojo writes:

in response to Colliervol:

Quick question. How does anybody really learn a lesson when there is no jail time? Diversion? Please.

If anyone wants to know why there is so much crime in the US today, this is the reason. The thefts were not isolated incidents. Clear systematically and repeatedly broke into residences and stole items that did not belong to him. He should be in prison for at least 10 years but he gets off. Wow!

TommyJack writes:

Maybe the kid will turn his life around. No need to pile on.

FEARinSEC writes:

in response to jumby92:

If Dooley hadn't got caught in that halfway attempt to cover this up, he would be reinstating Clear from suspension right now because it was "only a misdemeanor"...the plea, not the crime. Thieves are useless. We are better off without one in the locker room, it is bad for morale.

Do you have proof that Dooley was "attempting to cover this up", or is that speculation? Or maybe, as Dooley has stated on a couple of occasions, he likes to get all the facts before making a hasty decision.
Maybe you should start gossiping at the beauty shop, Ruthie.

Snapshot writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

Hey Dooley, all of the great teams have some thugs. That is part of it. But you are a sub 500 guy with thugs. Time to win baby but I know it will not happen.

Volzsfan....?..really. Thanks for the vote of confidence, nothing like a positive attitude.

Ayres_Hall writes:

in response to jumby92:

If Dooley hadn't got caught in that halfway attempt to cover this up, he would be reinstating Clear from suspension right now because it was "only a misdemeanor"...the plea, not the crime. Thieves are useless. We are better off without one in the locker room, it is bad for morale.

^ Idiot alert ^

VolGrad writes:

Dear Mr Free and Clear,

Do you yet understand how fortunate you have been? Do you realize you did not deserve any of it? There is a world of difference between a misdemeanor and a felony. And you still have an opportunity to play yourself out of this hole you've been digging.

Please don't be an idiot a la NuKeese and squander this opportunity. You will not get another one, and no one but yourself will be to blame for that.

RememberWhen writes:

in response to atributetoLombardiwasbanned:

The truest justice for young Mr Clear will be in watching the Vols compete for the East this year and win the SEC next.
All the while thinking "What if?".

LMAO!!! He'll more likely be watching and thinking "dang, I'm glad I got caught and got out of there!!"

RunningWithTheVols writes:

in response to TommyJack:

Maybe the kid will turn his life around. No need to pile on.

Agree. He still has the athletic ability to turn himself around.

Let's hope he does it.

Could be the best thing that ever happened to him.

watchdog writes:

It's easy to hang a label on Cameron Clear. Did he make an amazingly foolish mistake? Absolutely. Did he throw away an opportunity at UT that so many kids work so hard for and never get? Sure. How much more disappointing, though, to hang a label of "convicted felon" on a young man and watch so many doors close for the rest of his life. And yes, he earned that title, and is very, very lucky to get a misdemeanor instead in a plea deal. Like VolGrad, I hope he makes the best of his second chance, if nothing else then for all the people who don't get one. Say what you want on some Internet site but I have to think most of us would really hope the kid would try to redeem himself if we actually knew him.

ProfessionalHandicapper writes:

in response to atributetoLombardiwasbanned:

The truest justice for young Mr Clear will be in watching the Vols compete for the East this year and win the SEC next.
All the while thinking "What if?".

Thats a joke right? I know people can't really be that delusional. Try beating one Top 50 ranked team before you win the SEC.. Now this made me laugh. Like the 7 coaches who bolted for greener pastures, I dont Mr Clear ever looks back with regret that he wasn't part of the demise of UT football. After Dooley falls to Georgia and Florida he will be 1-9 his last 10 SEC games. Win it all..HILARIOUS!!!

PANCHO writes:

He was a product of Memphis. I was not surprised when it happened.

creekroad writes:

in response to jumby92:

If Dooley hadn't got caught in that halfway attempt to cover this up, he would be reinstating Clear from suspension right now because it was "only a misdemeanor"...the plea, not the crime. Thieves are useless. We are better off without one in the locker room, it is bad for morale.

"jumby"...? Really?

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Cam should not been allowed to plea the charge down..He not only stole from friends he had a complete racket for receiving and dealing stolen goods..This was not his first rodeo in regards to crime..Pathetic!

Its_Goooood writes:

Jolley said we are exploring his options? Is he clears attorney or agent?

tnoutlaw2001#228008 writes:

in response to PUL4VOLS:

So we wonder why these young men keep doing these kinds of things...just look at his outcome. If you or I did what Mr. Clear did, would our felony be reduced? I don't think so. I am concerned the punishment does not fit the crime but what do I know? I hope the kid gets it together and makes something positive of his life. A lesser crime plea does not necessarily mean he will do that.

Totally agree, not to mention this was way over the felony number times 10. To be charged with a felony the value of the item(s) must be over $499.99. According to the report he was charged with theft over $5100 dollars, so if it was your or I we might get a reduction if its first offense, but not sure if the total would keep them from offering it in a normal case. So yes, once again being popular and a athlete has paid off big time for a certain special person.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to tnoutlaw2001#228008:

Totally agree, not to mention this was way over the felony number times 10. To be charged with a felony the value of the item(s) must be over $499.99. According to the report he was charged with theft over $5100 dollars, so if it was your or I we might get a reduction if its first offense, but not sure if the total would keep them from offering it in a normal case. So yes, once again being popular and a athlete has paid off big time for a certain special person.

Without recovering the other $4500 worth of stuff all they could prove to the court was that he had a stolen laptop and an amazing coincidence that he had advertised stuff just like what was stolen. this wasn't preferential treatment, he was no longer a star on the local team.

volthrunthru#658770 writes:

in response to jumby92:

If Dooley hadn't got caught in that halfway attempt to cover this up, he would be reinstating Clear from suspension right now because it was "only a misdemeanor"...the plea, not the crime. Thieves are useless. We are better off without one in the locker room, it is bad for morale.

Remember, also, that as Cameron the Scumball Thug was beiung coddled and given a kiss on the jock by the courts, the university, Doodley and Hart,

there were young men of his age, race, and background in the uniform(s) of the United States Military, all over the globe,

who neither stole, copped a plea, were coddled, or had to be in order to be able to walk around in society.

This thug should have been prevented from EVER getting the privilege of playing collegiate sports again.

He did not deserve it; does not now; and he is a prime example of almost everything that is wrong with big-time collegiate athletics.

Derrick Doodley, FSU/Bama-Hart and the University of Tennessee stand for everything that is wrong with the system, in this, and an increasing number of cases, under Doodley.

If this THUG were in the military, he would be doing time in Leavenworth for this one. He should be doing time now.

If he were white, we would be calling him white trash.

And if he were not a socially promoted athlete, he would be called Prisoner number XXXX-XXXX-XXX. He may be called that yet.

Just that simple.

Vol4life2 writes:

What's wrong with our society a person commits a crime goes through the legal system gets their punishment and society condemns the person and not the court system. I don't condone what the kid did but I do take offense at those who are on here condemning the kid because they think the punishment should have been stiffer. Maybe that's true but bash your legal system they are the ones who cut the deal to let the kid go. Mr.Clear I hope you can get your life back in order because we have all did stupid things in our lives that we are not proud of only difference is you got caught learn from your situation and go make the best out of the rest of your young life.

MooseandSquirrelVol writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

Thats a joke right? I know people can't really be that delusional. Try beating one Top 50 ranked team before you win the SEC.. Now this made me laugh. Like the 7 coaches who bolted for greener pastures, I dont Mr Clear ever looks back with regret that he wasn't part of the demise of UT football. After Dooley falls to Georgia and Florida he will be 1-9 his last 10 SEC games. Win it all..HILARIOUS!!!

Rocky says you're full of "BullWinkle"

traderjoe writes:

And the coddling goes on. How about sentencing him to getting a job and making restitution. Ever think of that? No, let's let him transfer so one day he might play pro ball. I think he's blown that chance. Most likely not college material anyway. When is this society going to wake up and send a message to the thug athletes that they are not so special? Make him get a job and pay back his victims.

hewwheel writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

Hey Dooley, all of the great teams have some thugs. That is part of it. But you are a sub 500 guy with thugs. Time to win baby but I know it will not happen.

You are an idiot. He's been off the team for a while now.

tennrich1 writes:

in response to watchdog:

It's easy to hang a label on Cameron Clear. Did he make an amazingly foolish mistake? Absolutely. Did he throw away an opportunity at UT that so many kids work so hard for and never get? Sure. How much more disappointing, though, to hang a label of "convicted felon" on a young man and watch so many doors close for the rest of his life. And yes, he earned that title, and is very, very lucky to get a misdemeanor instead in a plea deal. Like VolGrad, I hope he makes the best of his second chance, if nothing else then for all the people who don't get one. Say what you want on some Internet site but I have to think most of us would really hope the kid would try to redeem himself if we actually knew him.

Sad thing is ALL stats show otherwise...Yeah he might breeze along in society and NOT get caught for some time doing criminal activities...wish it wasnt true...but stats say "he probably will"...Hard thing to change the heart (without conversion of course)...just a fact of life....

tennrich1 writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

Thats a joke right? I know people can't really be that delusional. Try beating one Top 50 ranked team before you win the SEC.. Now this made me laugh. Like the 7 coaches who bolted for greener pastures, I dont Mr Clear ever looks back with regret that he wasn't part of the demise of UT football. After Dooley falls to Georgia and Florida he will be 1-9 his last 10 SEC games. Win it all..HILARIOUS!!!

Is this guy really the fat, loudmouth, screaming supposedly handicapper seen on the youtube video posted? If so my respect level dropped lower than humanly imaginable....reminded me of a 'rastler...funny aint it...

Wayfarer writes:

I hope he learns his lesson but he isn't the first Vol to steal...Bernard King was caught with a TV back in the day and I don't think he was ever charged. Mr. King was able to mature and go onto a NBA career. I hope Clear is able to see the gift he's been given and turn it into something just like B.K. did.

RobbieT writes:

One more thug that won't be on Alcoa Highway robbing people and maybe the rest of the student athletes can finally lay down and sleep at night !!!

mocsandvolsfan writes:

Hmmmm If there were no thugs...How would the rest of us know we're good?

OR

If there was no good people then how would thugs know themselves?

or

What about the people who are Neither? Whata we call them?

signed
Bored And Waiting

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to RobbieT:

One more thug that won't be on Alcoa Highway robbing people and maybe the rest of the student athletes can finally lay down and sleep at night !!!

Sleep? I don't remember any night time sleep in college.

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