Former Burke High School football standout Fadol Brown regarded Walter Scott as a father figure, and weighed in Wednesday on the tragic story that has made headlines around the country.
“I loved him to death,” Brown, now a junior defensve lineman at Ole Miss, said of Scott on Twitter. “(T)hat cop didn’t have to shoot him down like a dog like that ... gone miss you man.”
Scott, 50, was shot in the back and killed last Saturday by North Charleston police officer Michael T. Slager, who has been fired and charged with murder.
In his tweet, Brown called Scott “my step dad.” In a statement released by Ole Miss, coach Hugh Freeze clarified the relationship between Scott and Brown.
“Walter Scott was in a relationship with the mother of Fadol’s longtime girlfriend and served as a father figure to Fadol for a number of years,” Freeze said. “Obviously, this is a very emotional time for all parties involved, and our thoughts are with Fadol and his loved ones after this tragic event.”
Brown is not accepting interview requests at this time, Ole Miss officials said.
Brown, who is now 6-4 and 280 pounds, was a member of The Post and Courier’s All-Lowcountry team as a senior in 2010, and was the Region 6-A defensive player of the year. He originally attended Florida International before transferring to Ole Miss in 2013, sitting out that season due to NCAA transfer rules.
Last season, Brown started 9 of 13 games for Ole Miss, making 38 tackles with 5.5 tackles for loss. He also was named to the SEC fall academic honor roll in 2014.