July 26, 2010
Florida State linebacker Nigel Carr earned both a possible starting job and a team leadership award this spring for, in the words of his official FSU bio, setting "new standards of excellence with his work ethic and accountability on and off the field." Well, technically he is being held accountable today after allegedly breaking into two cars on campus – one of them literally across the street from Doak Campbell Stadium – over the weekend:
Police say Carr broke into the vehicle, a white Toyota, and stole a "book bag" that contained the victim's "purse and other items," including a sweater. Carr then allegedly dumped some of the stolen contents into a nearby dumpster.
In addition, police say Carr stole the victim's credit card, which an officer located on the floorboard of a white car that Carr was allegedly driving. Further, police say Carr is the suspect in the burglary of another vehicle near the Florida State campus. In that burglary, police allege that Carr broke into a vehicle on Saturday and stole a checkbook.
According to police, the first victim discovered both the items allegedly stolen from her Toyota SUV, as well as the checkbook, which had been reported missing, in a dumpster near the vehicle Carr allegedly drove. Police say video surveillance shows a black male, fitting Carr's description, throw "something into the dumpster."
Carr faces two felony counts of burglary of a structure and one count apiece of fraud (also a felony) and misdemeanor property damage and theft of a credit card. He also picked up a misdemeanor marijuana charge earlier in the week. (That is going to be one blockbuster Fulmer Cup score.) He was being held at the Leon County Jail this morning on $15,000 bond.
Suffice to say, this is not the kind of "leadership" or "positive attitude" FSU was expecting from a fourth-year junior finally on the verge of asserting himself in the lineup. Coach Jimbo Fisher, conveniently located near 500 microphones and tape recorders this morning at the ACC's media day, said he'd wait to let the legal system run its course. But a felony charge is an automatic suspension, per school policy, and if any of them stick, it's almost certain Carr's career in Tallahassee is finished. Considering the other potential consequences that come with third-degree felony charges in Florida, football is the least of his concerns at the moment.