Garcia apologizes for behavior

March 5, 2007

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina's highly touted quarterback recruit Stephen Garcia admitted damaging a visiting professor's car and asked the victim and head football coach Steve Spurrier to forgive him.

Garcia has been arrested twice since arriving at South Carolina in January. He says through his attorney today that he wants to apologize to Adam Biggs. Biggs told police he confronted a man last week who was damaging his car with a metal key.

According to Biggs' statement to police, the man identified himself as Stephen Garcia and offered to pay 500 dollars for the damage when Biggs threatened to call police. Garcia was arrested Saturday.

Garcia's attorney Neal Lourie says he wants to get the 19-year-old Florida native's court date this week on an earlier charge moved so both matters can be handled at the same time.

Garcia was arrested February 19th on charges of drunkenness and failing to stop for a police officer.

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