Posted by Jerry Hinnen
Jadeveon Clowney hasn't yet taken his first class at South Carolina, hasn't had a single Gamecock practice, hasn't yet even had a jersey number assigned. (In fact, there's some question about whether his academics will even allow him to enroll in Columbia, or force a prep school/JUCO detour.) But that hasn't stopped one enterprising Gamecock fan from building in Clowney's honor ... well, it's not a statue. But it is a much smaller version of one, kind of. And you can own it!
Because courtesy of user "spurrier_is_my_homeboy", fans can visit eBay right now to bid [Update: Sorry, no you can't, see below] on a presumably-homemade "Custom McFarlane" Clowney action figure, in the vein of the popular Todd McFarlane "Spawn" figures. (An official version would no doubt violate three-quarters of the NCAA rulebook.) Photos :
The current winning bid is $47. That might be a bargain, since if Clowney does prove to half the player Gamecock fans -- and just about everyone else who's seen Clowney play, to be fair -- expect him to be, the next time this figure appears on eBay, it's may not come so cheap.
UPDATE: The auction has been taken down, not a huge surprise given the dodgy ethics of using a not-yet-college athlete's image without his permission. But the photos are still just as fun, right?
HT: Charleston Post and Courier .