South Carolina relief pitcher Ethan Carter was arrested last on Friday, March 9 in Five Points for drunkenness. Since his arrest, Carter, a junior, has continued to dress for all four games but has not pitched.
Carter was cited at 3:28 a.m. on Harden Street and was taken to a local hospital because he had a laceration on his chin. According to the arrest report, Carter had “very slurred” speech. Officers found him "laying motionless in a mulch bed." Carter was observed to be "grossly intoxicated" and had slurred speech to the point that the offers could not make out any words.
Carter, according to the report, was placed under arrest but was taken to the hospital instead of jail because of the cut on his chin.
South Carolina head coach Ray Tanner said following the game that he was unaware of an arrest until this Friday at 4:35 p.m. He knew of an incident, but did not know it was considered an arrest. Carter has since been suspended. He was in the dugout for the team's 4-3 loss to Kentucky on Friday night, less than three hours after Tanner found out the whole story.
"I found out today at 4:35. At 4:35 was when I was notified there was an arrest," Tanner said. "Prior to that, I was completely unaware there was an arrest. I knew there was an incident and I made him inactive for the last few games. We brought him on the trip and I was notified, again, today at 4:35 that there was an arrest. I did not have that information previously."
When Tanner was asked if it would impact Carter's future, he was non-committal.
"I don’t know for sure," Tanner said.
TheBigSpur.com asked South Carolina head coach Ray Tanner after the Sunday victory over Princeton if any players were suspended. The response was, “Not currently.” A university spokesperson said on Friday morning that no player is currently suspended.
Carter did travel to Kentucky for the three-game series against the undefeated Wildcats.
Carter has appeared in five games this season and has a 1-0 record. He has yet to give up a run in 10.0 innings pitched. He’s only allowed three hits and two walks while striking out 10 hitters. Opponents are hitting .088 against him this season.
While he has excelled on the field, this isn’t the first time that Carter has had off-the-field issues in the past. After a dominant fall in 2010, Carter was dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules on January 11, 2011. An official reason for the dismissal was never given. There were no arrest records for any incident around the date of his dismissal.
Carter attended Louisburg Junior College last season where he earned Region X Pitcher of the Year honors. In 12 games, he amassed a 9-3 record giving up 15 earned runs in 77.0 innings. He struck out 78 and walked nine at Louisburg.
He accepted a walk-on opportunity at South Carolina in an attempt to make a comeback with the Gamecocks. After another great fall, Carter was off to a great start this season pitching in five of the first 10 games.
Since his arrest, Carter has not pitched, but has dressed out for each game.
Under University policy, athletes are suspended indefinitely upon arrest. Given that Carter was not brought to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, it is unclear as to whether University policy should have kicked in.