Last week former USC running back Kenny Miles was shot in Columbia, and he initially told police he was the victim of a robbery. The next day the Richland County Sheriff’s department debunked that claim. Today Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced Miles’ gunshot wound was self-inflicted. Lott said Miles will be charged with filing a false police report and arrested after he is physically recovered from the wound. If convicted Miles could face up to five years in prison.
Miles issued a statement through his attorney:
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 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 that 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.