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Georgia Football Players Arrested Hours After SEC Championship Game

Georgia Football Players Arrested Hours After SEC Championship Game

BY Matthew Long

@mattlongsports

From the high of redeeming the lone loss of the season in a three-touchdown victory over the Auburn Tigers to capture the Southeastern Conference title, to the low of a jail cell. It’s what happened in between that got two Georgia football players arrested hours after SEC Champion game cames to a close.

Late Saturday night Bulldogs linebacker Natrez Patrick and his teammate reserve wide receiver Jayson Staley were pulled over and later arrested around 11:50 pm per the Barrow County arrest record. They were both charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and held overnight at the Barrow County detention center in Winder, GA. Patrick was released Sunday morning on a $1,030 bond, accord to jail records.

Staley we the driver of the vehicle was also charged with driving under the influence and speeding. Although Patrick was only charged with a single charge, this marks the third arrest for possession of marijuana in his short history at the University of Georgia. The first coming back in 2015 where he and DE Chauncey Rivers were found sitting in a vehicle parked in a parking deck of a building complex, where they were both arrested and charged. Patrick received a one-game suspension against Kentucky as team punishment.

The junior LB was arrested again at the beginning of October of this year, this it was Athens-Clarke County police that charged him misdemeanor marijuana possession and he was subsequently held out for four games. This time he wasn’t a player at the end of his freshman season, he was a starter in the core of growing and improving Bulldog defense.

Now, he could be looking at the end of his time with Georgia or at very least missing out of the opportunity to play in the College Football Playoffs and the potential to win a National Championship. It not hard to look at what Patrick could have fallen by the wayside with this mistake. In recent years, seeing high draft pick players like Justin Blackman and Randy Gregory struggle with incidences with marijuana NFL teams are very aware and weight heavily on these sort of things.

Georgia beat Auburn 28-7, to become the first SEC East team to capture an SEC title since Florida in 2008. They will now advance to the College Football Playoff to face the Oklahoma Sooners at the historic Rose Bowl on New Year’s day.

 

[Photo: Ken Ward / Georgia Athletics]

 

 

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Georgia Football Players Arrested Hours After SEC Championship Game
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