The Gamecock nation has rallied around incoming freshman offensive lineman Quintin Richardson, who was stabbed and/or cut seven times when he was attacked by a former high school classmate early Sunday morning. GamecockAnthem spoke with his mother, Quinda Richardson-Watson from his hospital room. Read inside for an update on Quintin’s progress and what has sustained him and his family.
Richardson was playing cards with friends early Sunday morning when he was confronted by 19 year-old Ross Grant, a former Spring Valley classmate of Richardson’s. Grant had been harassing Richardson every day for the week before the incident, and after Grant confronted him, Richardson pinned Grant to the ground and told him to stop his harassment. Grant agreed, but after being released, stabbed and/or cut Richardson a total of seven times: four times on his back, once on his right arm, and twice on his right leg.
The most serious injury was one of the stab wounds on his back, which punctured his lung, causing it to collapse. Richardson had surgery Sunday to repair the injury, and has a tube inserted to re-inflate the lung.
Police spent Monday interviewing witnesses and reconstructing the events that led up to the stabbing. Richardson who was transported to Providence NE Hospital after the incident was later transferred to Palmetto Richland Memorial. Neither the authorities or the Richardsons have filed charges against Grant thus far.
Richardson’s mother, Quinda Richardson-Watson, spoke with GamecockAnthem Monday night from his hospital room. She shared that his doctors were impressed with how quickly he was recovering from his wounds. “Being 18 and athletic and working out just about everyday, I’m sure that has a lot to do with his being able to recover fast.” she said. “He's been up walking around today, and right now he’s doing fine. As a mother I have to watch him to make sure he’s not speeding it up a little too fast. We’re taking it one day at a time.”
As for his other injuries, she said that “Once the injuries on his arm and leg are closed up, he will be back to 100%. Richardson will not get any stitches except for when they take the tube out. She explained that, “They don’t close the wound up anymore because dirt and contamination could be closed up, so they don’t close them up anymore.”
Richardson-Watson said two things have kept their family together throughout the ordeal: the support of the Carolina community, and their faith.
“We really have felt the closeness of the Gamecock fans and community,” she said, “and we have felt every prayer that has been sent up on his behalf and our family’s behalf. We just ask that they continue to support him and pray that he gets better. We appreciate every concern, every call, every visit. We also appreciate all the messages of support that are on the websites.”
The USC coaches are off this week, but Mrs. Richardson-Watson said that South Carolina Head Coach Steve Spurrier had called twice, and that Coach David Reaves who recruited Richardson was scheduled to stop by tonight when he gets in from out of town. Coach John Hunt who will be his position coach at USC, has also been in contact. “They have gone beyond my expectations.” she said. She indicated that his high school coaches Noonan and Armstrong from Spring Valley had also called.
The mother talked of her son’s faith, and her own, and how that faith had sustained the family. “Quintin knows God. He is very spiritual, he’s always in church.” She said. “I know for me personally, I never questioned it, never once, that Quintin would be ok. He has a hedge of protection around him, and Quintin has been set apart to do great things. Now what that is, I can’t answer that, but I know that it’s ordained, and I know it will happen. Despite what the enemy brings, it will happen.”
She reflected on how the trouble her son has gone through has kept her focused on God. “These things come, these trials and tribulations to increase our faith, and to keep your perspective on your relationship with God.” As for Quintin, she said, “I know for him it’s maybe opened his eyes a little bit. He’s ready to focus and get ready to go to USC and play some football.”
Mrs. Richardson-Watson closed by saying, “He is working very hard to recuperate, and he’s looking forward to getting back out there on the field as soon as he can.”