Originally created 02/15/02

Clemson's Simmons fined $25 for disorderly conduct



CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson quarterback Willie Simmons was fined $25 after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct in a parking dispute on campus last month.

Clemson University Municipal Judge Deborah Culler said Wednesday she reduced the fine because Simmons spent a night in jail after he was arrested on the misdemeanor charge Jan. 31. The maximum penalty is a $100 fine or 30 days in jail.

Police said Simmons used foul language when he found his car was being towed from in front of Vickery Hall.

Simmons said Wednesday he misunderstood the towing procedures.

Clemson Police Chief Lonnie Saxon said Simmons' car was parked illegally and officers decided to tow it after discovering five previous unpaid tickets. Cars are towed when there are three or more unpaid tickets, Saxon said.