McPherson blasts FSU

McPherson and attorney Irvin. (AP/Steve Nesius)

Florida State quarterback Adrian McPherson on Tuesday blasted football coaches "who turned their back on me," and vowed not to play for the Seminoles again even if the school reinstated him.

Florida State quarterback Adrian McPherson on Tuesday blasted football coaches "who turned their back on me," and vowed not to play for the Seminoles again even if the school reinstated him.

McPherson, who was kicked off the team Monday amid reports that police planned to question him in the theft and forgery of a blank check, said Florida State coaches failed to collect all the facts before hastily dismissing him, two days after a 17-7 loss Saturday at North Carolina State.

"I think they should have found out everything that went onbefore they kicked me off the team," McPherson said.

The sophomore said he thought he did the right thing by telling coaches about the incident and didn't deserve to be dismissed.

Because of the way he was treated, the player said he could never wear a Seminoles uniform again.

"How could I go on the field and give my all for someone who turned their back on me?" he asked.

Unaware of McPherson's statement, Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said Tuesday following practice he was willing to re-evaluate McPherson's status after "the thing has settled down."

The 19-year-old McPherson, surrounded by his parents and other family members, talked about the incident for the first time in a news conference conducted by his St. Petersburg attorney, Grady C. Irvin Jr.

Irvin said the main reason for summoning reporters was to dispel rumors that McPherson bet on football games and owed gambling debts. Irwin said the player has never bet on football games, college or pro.

McPherson did admit involvement in the theft of a blank check from a Tallahassee business last week, but did not cash it and never saw any money from it. He has not been charged with any crimes.

Another man, Melvin Capers Jr., who McPherson described as a friend from high school, was also questioned for allegedly stealing and cashing a forged check for $3,500 from R&R Truck Rental. Irvin said McPherson saw the check for the last time in a trash can at Capers' home.

McPherson first went to coach Odell Haggins, then quarterbacks coach Daryl Dickey, on Friday, according to Irvin. After he met with head coach Bobby Bowden, McPherson was told by Dickey not to worry about it and get ready for the game.

"It left Adrian McPherson with the impression that the school was going to handle it," Irvin said.

Back in Tallahassee on Sunday, McPherson was questioned again by coaches and school officials, including Athletics Director Dave Hart, who also asked him about gambling allegations, Irvin said. Bowden dismissed him Monday after a meeting with the player and his parents, telling players later that McPherson had lied about the incident.

"We are looking into whether Mr. Hart ever said to Adrian McPherson that he personally felt that Adrian had gambled and that he had cashed a check to pay a gambling debt," Irvin said.

Irvin said McPherson and his parents planned to go to Tallahassee police headquarters Wednesday and stay there until police decide whether to charge him.

"He will wait there no matter how long it takes," Irvin said.

McPherson's father, Floyd, said he was upset that coaches had knowledge of his son's possible legal problems before the game and didn't share it with the family.

"Adrian McPherson is responsible," Irvin said. "He's not saying the school is responsible for anything he did. But I have to question would circumstances have been different if Adrian McPherson were a Heisman Trophy candidate and Florida State were playing for a national championship."

McPherson, who is still on scholarship at FSU, said he didn't know yet what he'll do about transferring to another school.

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