Prosecutors say two men have been fined after pleading guilty to misleading police about who chipped a large piece off of the famous Howard’s Rock at Clemson’s football stadium three years ago.
The 13th Circuit Solicitor’s office said 20-year-old Alden Gainey and 49-year-old Michael Rogers of Pisgah Forest, NC pleaded guilty to giving false information to police. Rogers’ son 21-year-old Micah Rogers was sentenced to community service last year after he pleaded guilty to a malicious injury to property charge.
Clemson Police said at the time that Micah Rogers destroyed the protective case around the rock before chipping off a piece. Investigators said they believed Rogers was a Clemson supporter who wanted a piece of the football artifact. Authorities have never publicly confirmed if the broken piece was ever recovered.
Both Gainey and the elder Rogers received $200 fines. Prosecutors said Gainey was with the younger Rogers the night of the incident, as was Xavia Wynn. The three men all met with the elder Rogers after Micah’s pickup truck was spotted by surveillance cameras on the night of the vandalism. All agreed to inform police they were just taking pictures of the rock at the time.
However, investigators said Wynn eventually told them that the trio had been behind the vandalism. Gainey and Rogers, told fabricated accounts of what happened, according to the Solicitor’s Office.
Howard’s Rock became a Clemson football tradition in 1966. Players have since rubbed the rock before games to signify the effort they will put into the game.