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Clemson Defensive Back Arrested

SHOULD HE HAVE BEEN, THOUGH? A Clemson University defensive back has been arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a schedule II controlled substance. Kaleb Chalmers (official bio here) – a 5-foot-11, 180 pound redshirt freshman – was busted on Monday evening in…

SHOULD HE HAVE BEEN, THOUGH?

A Clemson University defensive back has been arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

Kaleb Chalmers (official bio here) – a 5-foot-11, 180 pound redshirt freshman – was busted on Monday evening in Clinton, S.C.  According to police, he had an undisclosed amount of marijuana in his “groin area,” and a digital scale in the backseat of his vehicle.  Upon searching Chalmers’ car, police also found five Vyvanse capsules and one Alprazolam pill.

Vyvanse – a.k.a. Lisdexamfetamine – is a stimulant used in treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and certain eating disorders.  Alprazolam is better known by its trade name, Xanax.

KALEB CHALMERS
KALEB CHALMERS

Chalmers, 18, was a Shrine Bowl performer at Greenwood High School in 2014 – and was rated as the No. 11 overall prospect in the state of South Carolina by 247Sports.  He did not play for head coach Dabo Swinney‘s squad in 2015, but was expected to compete for a starting job in the defensive backfield in 2016.

Chalmers suffered a separated shoulder earlier this spring but was expected to make a full recovery.

His status with the team is now uncertain …

This website takes a vastly different view of drug charges than most media outlets.  We don’t believe recreational drug use should be illegal – especially not for an 18-year-old.  In fact, we find it interesting that few of the news outlets plastering Chalmers’ face and name all over the internet bother to question why a police officer in Clinton, S.C. felt empowered to search his “suspicious” car.

According to the police report, the office approached Chalmers because he was “moving around inside the vehicle more than (a) normal amount.”

Really?  That’s the basis for this search?  An abnormal amount of moving around inside a vehicle?

Sounds pretty sketchy to us … but at least Chalmers escaped with his life.  Some people in possession of marijuana in South Carolina aren’t so lucky.

More fundamentally, we would like to take this opportunity to reiterate our most fundamental point: That the multi-billion dollar industry being subsidized by athletes like Chalmers ought to be completely privatized – like the rest of the nation’s bloated system of government-run higher education.  After all, nuisance arrests like this one would be much easier to overcome if an athlete more firmly controlled their own destiny as opposed to being an effective slave of the system.

Anyway …

Just because we condone recreational drug use (and abhor law enforcement overreach) doesn’t mean we completely side with Chalmers in this matter.  Someone with his God-given abilities ought to know that such behavior is counterproductive to securing a prosperous future for himself.  He should also know that given the current legal climate, such behavior puts himself at risk – and lets down his teammates, coaches and fans.

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35 comments

Bible Thumper March 17, 2016 at 10:55 am

“… and a digital scale in the backseat of his vehicle.”

Prabably clearly visible and where the probable cause for the search came from. Sad and stupid — he can recover, but it probably won’t be at Clemson.

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Watch He miss 2 plays in 16 March 17, 2016 at 11:05 am

Wow. There really seams to be a pattern with this school, the players, and the drugs. Wonder how much Clown Dabo is looking the other way. #thuglife #druglife #atClemsontheyarethesame

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TontoBubbaGoldstein March 17, 2016 at 11:16 am

There really seams to be a pattern …

Seems you’ve put it all together.

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shifty henry March 17, 2016 at 11:18 am

I see what you did there …..

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The Colonel (R) March 17, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Carrying on with the theme, I sea what he did there…

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Flip March 17, 2016 at 12:31 pm

You misspelled theam.

Tazmaniac March 17, 2016 at 12:03 pm

That is NOT fair! Watch “He miss 2 plays in 16” tipped you off with his account name.

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Tazmaniac March 17, 2016 at 12:05 pm

After that, he just started coming apart at the seems.

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mamatiger92 March 17, 2016 at 12:24 pm

He seamingly has a lot of incite into the Clemson football program.

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Mike at the Beach March 18, 2016 at 12:27 am

Troo; very trew.

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TroubleBaby March 17, 2016 at 12:28 pm

He’s a word seamstress.

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Squishy123 March 17, 2016 at 12:31 pm

Not a word about the thug life at USCe. Guns seem to play a role in many of them.

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Scooter March 17, 2016 at 12:50 pm

Why should he have to? This article is about Clemson and their drug rampant problems. You want to write about Carolina start your own site.

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Scooter March 17, 2016 at 12:53 pm

and yes I accidentally added a word while working but wasn’t reading where it went before you try to bring that up.

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Squishy123 March 17, 2016 at 1:32 pm

I’m surprised they let you surf the web while washing dishes.

Every school that has black athletes has to be concerned about “drug rampant problems”. You do know that if you click on the word “Edit” you can make corrections. Glad to be of help, I know Will should change that word to “Fix It” so you locals will understand.

Tommy Bowden March 17, 2016 at 12:59 pm

Next time spell it right. These idiots think it takes away from your point. Need proof? Look at all the idiots to reply below.

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mamatiger92 March 17, 2016 at 1:04 pm

You seam upset, Tommy.

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Tommy Bowden March 17, 2016 at 1:05 pm

Not at all just helping someone who messed up a valid point.

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mamatiger92 March 17, 2016 at 1:18 pm

Not valid. A rather tired & predictable point I’d say. Ill-timed as well since like half your basketball team just got suspended this week.

Tommy Bowden March 17, 2016 at 1:32 pm

Very valid! What is predictable is your Frank Drebin deflection on the point as in “Nothing to see here”. Clemson football players have drug problems. Not just valid a plain fact. Lets look at it, this kid, Sammy Watkins on campus with pot and pills, 3 players last year including a kicker doing coke (Deon Cain, Jay Jay McCullough, Lamkip (SP)), an ex player Bryant that we know didn’t “start after he left”, etc… It looks as if its a very valid point that Clemson has a drug problem. Now yes two stupid basketball players were arrested today but this story isn’t about them. this story is about Clemson and its druggie football players.

mamatiger92 March 17, 2016 at 1:53 pm

No deflection hear, deer. Just pointing out the hypocrisy of a USC-E fan pointing fingers in lite of your own history with troubled athletes, and especially in lite of recent events.

Tommy Bowden March 17, 2016 at 2:04 pm

I like how you tried spell incorrectly on purpose to see if I would say something about it. You are tricky. Again we aren’t talking USC basketball right now. That’s for another article. This one we are commenting on is one about the latest of many, many Clemson drug addict football players.

mamatiger92 March 17, 2016 at 3:05 pm

Sew, using yore logic, I will wait for FITS to report on the recent basketball arrests & then I can talk a bunch of smack and when any USC-E fan that dares bring up Clemson football, I will tell them that they are deflecting & remind them that it is an article about USC-E basketball.
Got it.

Andrew Franklin Ayers March 17, 2016 at 7:34 pm

you gonna be upset if you wanna meet me….you will have a deformed face then,,,,come on then coward

Squishy123 March 18, 2016 at 9:23 am

INTERNET FIGHT!!! INTERNET FIGHT!!! Bad ass keyboarders in both corners, which fucking retard will come out victorious???

Tommy Bowden March 19, 2016 at 9:46 am

I can meet your pussy ass any time any where you little bitch. you come on coward. Just name the place. As to the “deformed face” I aint a chick, you couldn’t hit me stupid tater.

Squishy123 March 17, 2016 at 7:09 pm

They just do the same thing as USCe athletes, but they do it without guns. It seems that every article about USCe athlete unrelated to their playing time involves guns, either shooting themselves, riding in cars with guns found during traffic stops, shooting up cars and buildings, etc… Clemson athletes are just pot heads, USCe athletes are the true gangsta niiggas.

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Andrew Franklin Ayers March 17, 2016 at 7:24 pm

there seems to be a pattern here with you and youre father both giving b l 0 w jobs for 20 bucks….you and he both are pun k s…..see my facebook,,,wanna discuss in person let me know you POS.

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jimlewisowb March 17, 2016 at 12:02 pm

I consider myself to be a supporter of those who hold fast on the Blue Line but I find it mildly annoying that they can sniff out weed at a thousand yards but never ever see the son of bitch that passes by me at 90 miles a hour while texting on his goddamn phone

Weed is a damn annual, dioecious, flowering herb and should be left the fuck alone

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Flip March 17, 2016 at 12:32 pm

Weed is a terrible plant, we should round it up and burn it in small quantities.

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Fat Blue Line March 17, 2016 at 3:31 pm

“I consider myself to be a supporter of those who hold fast on the Blue Line ”

With enough abuse, you’ll come around.

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Clarence Boddicker March 17, 2016 at 4:48 pm

Was it Laurens county or Clinton city who made the arrest? Makes a huge difference. If it was the city then they like to poach Presbyterian College campus for revenue.

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Rocky Verdad March 17, 2016 at 5:14 pm

If he’d just punch some chick in the face he could transfer to Florida State.

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downstairs March 19, 2016 at 9:18 am

Or he could stay there at Coke U if he just threw a girl down a flight of stairs, or beat her with a towel rod. Apparently Coke U draws a line at druggies.

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CNSYD March 21, 2016 at 8:34 pm

I am not surprised that this story has not been updated. Mr. Chambers has been dismissed.

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