Vikings > McPherson Speaks Out on Bell Issue

| February 6, 2015

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VALDOSTA — Lowndes High Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Randy McPherson spoke with Chris Beckham this morning on The Morning Drive.  He discussed Florida State’s withdrawing a scholarship offer for Brian Bell to play football due to his involvement in the Kendrick Johnson case.

McPherson spoke candidly and offers a glimpse into what Bell can expect following this disappointment.

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  1. Deborah Rhoades says:

    i think that FSU has made a poor decision not to mention unfair. This young man has done nothing wrong. I am sorry for what has happened to KJ and to his family, but continuing to blame people who had nothing to do with what happened resolves nothing. Two wrongs don’t make a right. This FSU alumni will be writing a letter to FSU to express my disappointment with this unjust decision.

  2. Tater Beauchamp says:

    Now he can go to a good school.

    • Mary Taylor says:

      Hell no he destroyed that dream of going to fsu when he became envy of kj and seen how strong and powerful he was becoming he knew kj was what he have ever dreamed and wanted to be so in that evil mind he decided to kill him and he didnt kill him by himself he convinced others people and the law if they didnt lay a hand on him that might as well killed kj themselves because they know damn well that brian bell along with others killed him and the evidence speaks for itself but if the bell boys were black and strong like kj and kj killed the bell boys it would not have taken them a damn week or two days to decide that he killed them

      • Shay Thomas says:

        You are a conspiracy driven idiot you sound absolutely ignorant.

      • Tater Beauchamp says:

        This is the reason drugs are bad folks! People get delusional.

      • HartPartyofFour says:


        “Civil rights are for everyone, white and black. Brian Bell and his family, as well as all the people named by the Johnson family in their $100 million civil lawsuit, are innocent and the evidence proving their innocence is overwhelming. One of our civil rights is to be deemed innocent until proven guilty. One of our civil rights is due process under the law.”

      • Jim Zachary says:


        We are looking for good writers.

        Please apply at the Valdosta Daily Times.

        Ask for Jim.

        Thank you.

      • Star Creative says:

        Yes, you’re absolutely right. They must think people are as dumb as they are, to believe a gym mat killed and attacked KJ. It’s the most obvious cover-up of the century!

        • Tater Beauchamp says:

          That Gym mat was racist…preying on that man. He never saw it coming and gobbled him up.

      • Star Creative says:

        Yes Mary, Tell the TRUTH and Shame the Devil. People would still rather protect a murderer because of the colorof his skin. Anyone who believes that nonsense ‘climbed into a gym mat to get a shoe story is just as big an imbecile as the one who came up with it. Valdosta PD & GBI Bell are a bunch of kkklansmen.

  3. Supporter of justiceforKJ says:

    The narrative of the murder victim Kendrick Johnson is far from complete. Brian Bell is not a victim. And blacklivesmatter.

  4. Terry Reagan says:

    LHS should not let FSU on campus to recruit.

  5. MHB says:

    Perfect response, Tater!

  6. Nic Fulmer says:

    Now he can go to a good school? That’s rich coming from you “Tater” (i.e. I’m sure you went to college)

  7. Bob says:

    Mary Taylor, that was the most idiotic and slandered statement I’ve heard thus far. You are the definition of why racism still lives in 2015. To sit here & say that he’s jealous of kj??? That’s the most funniest thing I’ve ever heard in my life. Why would he be jealous of him? Please explain this “evidence” because you didn’t name one fact. You & the Johnson family continue to falsely allege innocent young men without any proof of them, the bell boys both have alibis. I could see maybe where local gov would try to conspire, but state & federal? Over one kid with a football scholarship? Get real. It saddens me that people like you miss Taylor even exist in this world today, and I hope you find peace with your soul. Many prominent voices in the black community have stopped helping with the case because the Johnson smiley just wants money. Grow up.

  8. Kyle says:

    This whole issue is all about money. It is tragic that this young man died, but the family and lawyers looking to cash in by making it about race and falsely accusing a kid, who by the way has a confirmed alibi, is a travesty. KJ’s parents left it to his grandmother to raise him, now they’re All American parents looking for their so called justice. By the way, if you’ve ever done research of bodies being found hanging upside down, you will see this could very well be a tragic accident.

  9. Dee says:

    God sees and knows everything. And who ever is behind the MURDER of KJ will have to face that guilt. Either on earth or judgement day. Its sad that the human race is where it is today, but it doesn’t surprise me. These same things been happening for years. Its time to pray for our children, b/c when they leave our presence danger is awaiting.

  10. Will says:

    Wow to think people really want to believe Kendrick got stuck in that mat.I guess when ever you want something bad enough you will believe anything. That young man was murdered and the facts they give are not the facts of what happen. They will tell you what you will believe.

    • Tater Beauchamp says:

      I can’t believe people can ignore cold hard facts and basic logic and believe he was murdered.

  11. Berry O says:

    STOP with the logic Tater