A sheriff said Tuesday that former South Carolina football player Kenny Miles shot himself in the arm, but told investigators it happened during a robbery and the ex-player will be charged with filing a false police report.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott wouldn't speculate about why Miles shot himself on Nov. 4, then lied about it. He said at a news conference that there was no evidence anyone else was in the parking lot at the time or that other criminal activity was going on.
Miles issued a statement through his lawyer saying he made a mistake and that he was not involved in anything criminal. The statement does not say why Miles was handling the gun when he was wounded.
''I was scared and worried how my actions would be perceived. I only made matters worse by not telling the truth. I make no excuses for my behavior,'' Miles said in the statement issued by attorney Neal Lourie.
Lourie also wouldn't talk about why Miles was armed or what he was doing when he was shot.