Kenny Miles played for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks and Brookwood High School.
The strange saga of Kenny Miles’ shooting became clearer Tuesday, when Richland County sheriff Leon Lott said the former standout Brookwood and South Carolina football player’s gunshot was self-inflicted.
Lott said Miles will be charged with filing a false report, after it was initially reported that the wounds were suffered during an attempted robbery. A day after the Nov. 4 shooting, Lott confirmed that it was not a robbery.
Miles, who is recovering from the gunshot wound to his arm that wasn’t life-threatening, released the following statement to The State newspaper via his attorney, Neal Lourie:
“Last week I made a big mistake by not being up front about how the shooting occurred. I was not involved in any criminal activity. However, I was scared and worried how my actions would be perceived. I only made matters worse by not telling the truth. I make no excuses for my behavior.
“I would like to apologize to Sheriff Leon Lott and the entire Richland County Sheriff’s Department; my employer, The Office of the Attorney General; my teammates and coaches; The University of South Carolina community; friends, family; fans; and anyone else I’ve disappointed.
“I appreciate the support and prayers of the Gamecock Nation. I want you to know that I do not take your support lightly or for granted. I only hope that you will forgive me and allow me to earn your trust back over time.”
Miles graduated from Brookwood in 2008 and rushed for 2,544 yards and 25 touchdowns in only 12 games during his senior season when he earned Daily Post’s Offensive Player of the Year honors. He played for the Gamecocks from 2008 to 2012, rushing for 1,342 yards, primarily serving as the backup to star Marcus Lattimore. He rushed for 626 yards as a freshman and started the final four games of his final season in 2012 after Lattimore’s gruesome knee injury.
Miles still visits Brookwood regularly — his younger brother Dorian is a sophomore for the Broncos — and spent much of this summer working out at his old high school. A criminal justice major, he works for South Carolina attorney general Alan Wilson in a position that provides community outreach and youth mentoring.
There was plenty of speculation of what happened, but Miles’ acquaintances from Brookwood, including head football coach Mark Crews, said they would be shocked if the incident was something shady.
“There’s no evidence at this point that anyone else was present. There’s no evidence that any other criminal activity was going on,” Lott said.
That said, Miles’ actions following the shooting still got him in trouble.
“(Miles) has been released from the hospital but he is still under doctor’s care,” Lott said. “Once he is physically able, we will serve a warrant for filing a false police report and he will be arrested and charged with that crime.”
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