Report: Former Georgia Tech LB accused of child cruelty

Report:  Former Georgia Tech linebacker Recardo Wimbush has been accused of child cruelty for allegedly locking up his 13-year-old son in a basement room for nearly 20 months.  


According to, Gwinnett, GA police accused Recardo Wimbush, 33, a former football player at Georgia Tech, and his wife Therian, 37, of locking one of their 10 children in the basement.


Cpl. Jake Smith said,

“He was essentially being treated as a prisoner would be treated.  The window had been painted over. There was no light bulb outside. What was inside was a bucket that the child was using as a bathroom, a mattress and box spring.”


Investigators said he was confined to a space about the size of an office cubicle, with a mattress and a bucket to use as the bathroom.  They also shared that the 13-year-old showed no physical signs of problems. All the children are now in state custody.

Wimbush was a star football player. He played for Georgia Tech from 1999-2002, starting in 50 straight games and led the team in tackles for three years and earning second-team All-ACC honors as a senior.

This story is very sad and I hope the best for the children.