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Two USC basketball players charged with vandalism

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The shattered window at Tropical Smoothie Cafe after BB gun shots were fired. The shattered window at Tropical Smoothie Cafe after BB gun shots were fired.
Topical Smoothie Cafe General Manager says he welcomes the players back anytime. Topical Smoothie Cafe General Manager says he welcomes the players back anytime.

By Alexa Angelus

Two USC basketball players were arrested early Thursday morning on charges stemming from three nights of vandalism. Earlier in the week, they two were among five players suspended from the team earlier this week.

Freshmen Eric Cobb and Jamall Gregory were released on personal recognizance bonds because neither of them had a prior record.

Police say Gregory used a BB gun to shatter a window in Tropical Smoothie Cafe on Park Street in Columbia on March 6. Cobb is accused of firing a BB gun at an occupied car on March 7. The two are also charged with firing at three cars on March 9.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe General Manager, Pierce Pardue, says the damage is minimal and they welcome the players back.

"All I can say is we have that little bit of damage from the window we had busted from the BB gun. We welcome them in anytime, always welcome their business, and we are very forgiving," said Pardue.

USC head basketball coach, Frank Martin, had little to say about the charge.

"We are aware of the allegations against Eric Cobb and Jamall Gregory and we will have no further comment at this time due to this being a legal matter," said Martin.

Athletic Director Ray Tanner was out of town and unavailable for comment.

Cobb and Gregory have court dates scheduled for April 1.

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