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Bo Jackson wants Auburn memorabilia thieves publicly shamed, not jailed

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Jan 6, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Auburn Tigers former player Bo Jackson (far right) watches with Auburn players during the first half of the 2014 BCS National Championship game against the Florida State Seminoles at the Rose Bowl. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Three thieves broke into Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium last month and stole thousands of dollars worth of memorabilia and equipment, including a jersey and helmet belonging to Tigers great Bo Jackson.

The thieves, who were all Auburn students, turned themselves in and the property was recovered. All three are facing charges of third-degree burglary and first-degree theft of property.

But Jackson said he doesn’t want to see the perpetrators in jail. No, he has a different type of punishment.

"I don't think they should serve jail time. They deserve public humiliation," Jackson told TMZ Sports. "They should wear a sign — front and back — saying, 'I was caught stealing and this is my punishment. To all my peers, don't be as stupid as I was.'

"These three individuals need to be placed in high traffic areas on campus every day for one month. Four-to-five hour shifts. No talking, no Facebook, no Twitter. This will hurt them a lot more."

While parading the offenders into the town square for everyone to gawk at would be highly entertaining, placing them in jail and expelling them from the university will probably be the ultimate result.

But we applaud Jackson’s alternative thinking.

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