Let’s slow down rush to judgment on taxi incident

Mark Richt is right to take a wait-and-see attitude on the taxi cab case. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Mark Richt is right to take a wait-and-see attitude on the taxi cab case. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

While coverage of the reported taxi cab incident in Athens allegedly involving four UGA football players has been pretty restrained in-state, the smear on Mark Richt’s program already is under way elsewhere.

Just check out this teaser headline early Friday on the Sporting News Today site: “UGA players attack fellow cab passengers.”

So much for due process and sticking to the facts.

And the most salient fact in all of this so far is this: Even assuming the incident actually took place as described in the police report, we don’t know for sure that the offending individuals actually were UGA football players. One of the victims says they were football players but he didn’t know their names, and in the police report, which wasn’t filed until several days after the alleged incident, he doesn’t say how he knew they were football players. Let’s hope he was basing that assumption on more than them just being four big black guys.

Bottom line: Police are still investigating and no charges have been filed.

So far, Richt has handled this exactly right. He said he’s aware of the report and “I’m just waiting to see what’s going to happen from here, really. I don’t want to over- or underreact at this point.”

OK, so what if, after the case is investigated and adjudicated, it turns out that the incident happened just as described, the four individuals in question all were guilty, and all were Georgia football players. What then?

Early fan response in the blogosophere has leaned heavily toward “kick them off the team.” That would be a pretty severe punishment for some slaps in the back of the head and terroristic threats, but the basic thinking seems to be that players represent the university and such behavior just isn’t acceptable. A line has to be drawn somewhere.

However, all such discussion is still jumping the gun. Until we know for sure that the unknown suspects are indeed Georgia Bulldogs, everyone would do well to emulate Richt’s response.

TWO-MINUTE DRILL

As are most fans, I’m pleased to hear that in the post-Jon Fabris era kicker Blair Walsh will be allowed to kick it deep and go for a touchback more often. But as I noted last week, the main problem with the Dogs’ kickoffs the past couple of years wasn’t so much Fabris’ insistence on those high, short directional kicks as it was the lousy coverage that followed.

So it’s good to hear that’s being rethought as well, with Walsh saying, “I know we’re going down there and trying to bust helmets up. We’re literally just trying to beat the guy in front of us and go get the guy. It’s not a lot of schemes. It’s a lot of old-school football involved in our kickoff coverage. … You’re going to see a lot of guys hustle, a lot of fast stuff.”

If the Dogs get off those early blocks, make more of those first hits stick and close those open lanes in the coverage, it won’t matter so much where the ball comes down. …

It was also encouraging to see that Richt made the Dogs roll 200 yards — up the field and back — in an exhausting punishment drill at the end of Thursday’s practice because of too many penalties. That was one of the 2009 team’s biggest problems and should be near the top of the coach’s list of things to fix this season.

223 comments Add your comment

Investigate, then report? Why would I do that?

April 2nd, 2010
11:22 am

Agreed. I haven’t heard of any indication other than these guys were large & black and in Athens to indicate that they were football players. Why would Sporting News wait to run the story? After all, that would mean they would have to actually do some investigative reporting.

FalconUGAFan

April 2nd, 2010
11:22 am

I think the fanbase is clearly still in the IF mode. If they did it, then yes it is not what we would expect from representatives of our school.

I like the penalty rolls too, although I hated them when I did them long ago :)

Investigate, then report? Why would I do that?

April 2nd, 2010
11:24 am

BTW – if they any of these guys are football players, CMR needs to lay down some severe punishment.

mark

April 2nd, 2010
11:25 am

If the details of this incident as recorded in the link in your blog are correct then I certainly hope these clowns get kicked off the team. The story as it is recounted in this report is disgusting to say the least and no amount of discipline within the football program will change these cretins into decent people.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

April 2nd, 2010
11:28 am

i just dont want this to be a repeat of 2008 when a lot of players were getting into trouble. we already have a lot of things working in our favor (schedule, depth, returning starters, etc)and would hate to see it go to waste.

Low Country Dawg

April 2nd, 2010
11:36 am

“Early fan response in the blogosophere has leaned heavily toward “kick them off the team.” That would be a pretty severe punishment for some slaps in the back of the head and terroristic threats.” Hitting a woman deserves severe punishment! I don’t how you were raised but if that’s your opinion then you had pretty terrible upbringing sir. “IF” this is true, then the players or player need to be kicked off the team. If this was a bunch of white guys doing this to a black couple, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson wouldn’t be calling for immediate dismissal WITHOUT the facts.

Low Country Dawg

April 2nd, 2010
11:37 am

Excuse me would be calling for dismissal.

Dbalcer

April 2nd, 2010
11:38 am

The story reminds me of the one where Moreno was accused this year of hitting a drunk student. The late filing of the report and the fact the driver didn’t call it in makes me doubt the charges. With cellphones with cameras all over these days they could have taken a picture of the guys or called it in right then. I would think their would be a curfew for our players during spring training.

1eyedJack

April 2nd, 2010
11:38 am

Why are you blocking my comments Bill?

Dbalcer

April 2nd, 2010
11:38 am

Forgot to add Moreno was not charged the allegations were bogus and I think these will be too.

Scott

April 2nd, 2010
11:38 am

Richt’s response is correct at this point as there are several factors that still need to be considered. If it is determined that the incident happened just as these initial reports indicate and football players were invilved then these guys should be severly disciplined including being removed from the team.

1eyedJack

April 2nd, 2010
11:40 am

“That would be a pretty severe punishment for some slaps in the back of the head and terroristic threats”

You think? What would it take?

UGADawg83

April 2nd, 2010
11:47 am

I read the police report and the cab drivers referred to one of the players as “Derek” and described them as four black males. The only “Derek” on our roster is a reserve tight end from Gainesville. One problem with that, he’s a white guy.

Good Grief

April 2nd, 2010
11:47 am

If the reports are true, I dont care who they are they should not be on the football team. Give their scholly to someone who values it and has respect for the fact that they are a representative of the univeristy.

mark

April 2nd, 2010
11:48 am

Bill if you think kicking the players off the team for their role in this sordid affair is too severe, then you either didn’t read the allegations or you really are a very sad individual. I can guarantee that these people would never work for me again. These are very serious charges and if found to be true should result in immediate dismissal from the university. How you could ever cheer for a vicious player like these or the team that keeps them is astounding. Again, I reiterated that my statements are predicated on the fact the the charges are found to be true.

Portland Dawg

April 2nd, 2010
11:49 am

I have no problem with kicking these clowns off the team if these stories are true. We dont have to tolerate that kind-of behavior.

Bobby Bowden

April 2nd, 2010
11:50 am

I hope Markie Mark will be as strict as I used to be, cause we know I ran a tight ship.

bad apple dawg

April 2nd, 2010
11:54 am

Kick the damn thugs off the team if they hit the woman upside the head. Richt Van Winkle is still asleep at the wheel. He really needs to do a house cleaning and get rid of Garner for recruiting these thugs. BTW BOO BOO needs to go as well as the strength and conditioning coach. CMR still has a lot of work to do !!!

Marcus

April 2nd, 2010
11:56 am

It just sounds like this couple ran into 4 big black guys and ASSumed that they played football.

Toppers point

April 2nd, 2010
11:57 am

One point I would like to make is this………. these guys may have been football players, either X- UGA players or players in the NFL. If you have ever been to Toppers you will always see your fair share of X-UGA players and many of their friends on NFL rosters. Last year there were a bunch of LA Laker players in Athens partying after the USC game. My point is there are all kinds of people partying downtown in Athens, so let’s not always blame current UGA players.

Scooter dawgs

April 2nd, 2010
11:59 am

Why were these players taking a cab instead of emerging from an alley on their scooters? Something is really fishy here!

RxDawg

April 2nd, 2010
11:59 am

Im thinking of Ogre from Revenge of the Nerds

Amsterdam Sam

April 2nd, 2010
12:00 pm

If they were football players and they are found guilty, they should be kicked off the team after the proper jurisprudence is administered. If it turns out they were not football players or the story is otherwise bogus, then the accusers should be kicked out of school and charged with slander. Either way, something needs to be done, for something (assault or filing false and slanderous charges) illegal and discusting occured, Those jumping on either side of the bandwagon without knowing the facts are simple minded cretins with a bias outweighing the facts as known right now.

Georgia Fan

April 2nd, 2010
12:01 pm

apparently Bill won’t let me link to it but there are other “Derricks” on the UGA team than the one you mentioned, UGADawg83

Georgia Fan

April 2nd, 2010
12:07 pm

I am praying that this doesn’t turn out the way UGA fans fear, but if it does turn out to be true, my heart will be broken as I will no longer have a college football team to cheer for.

dawgster

April 2nd, 2010
12:07 pm

First of all let the facts come out, then and only then should the appropriate punishment be handed out.. By no means do i approve of the reported actions, but the individuals involved should be looked at to see if this is there normal behavior..If the allegations are indeed true, then more than likely there was drinking involved, probably, with all parties, but that has yet to be determinced and should not exceuse it…However, kicking the players off the team may be extreme based on the incident, I don’t know, but i’m sure the coaches will get to the bottom of it and the truth will come out. I hope it turns out as a non-issue, the dawgs surely do not need this kind of publicity. We are dealing with young people here and believe it or not they do make dumb decisions, some learn from it and grow up and you never have an issue with them again, others don’t seem to learn…I hope everyone will let the coaches and the school decide the appropriate actions to take if the charges are true, but whatever happens, this will open the door for all of the dawg bashers…

BurningRedBleedingBlack

April 2nd, 2010
12:08 pm

This sounds like abunch of crap to me. Your a student from UGA and you don’t know if they’re are football players. i dont buy it at all.

Jeff White

April 2nd, 2010
12:11 pm

I wonder if Bill King even read the police report. If that were to have happened to my kids I don’t think I would marginalize charges like Battery or Terroristic Threats like Bill has done.

Joe in Memphis

April 2nd, 2010
12:15 pm

If the charges are determined to be true and they were committed by members of the football team, they should be kicked off the team. Read the report. What is alleged is disgusting. There’s no place for that on the team.

WE TRASH THIS STATE

April 2nd, 2010
12:16 pm

Georgia Fan

April 2nd, 2010
12:18 pm

Bill, your comment moderation really sucks. You’re worse than Cynthia Tucker when it comes to not allowing posts that you disagree with.

Old Dawg

April 2nd, 2010
12:23 pm

It’s obvious no one knows the facts yet. The fact that the husband is a former college football player, although it was Div III school Sewanee, may mean he knew some of the offending people from football camps. However, until all the facts are known, what’s the sense in reporting it in a national publication like the Sporting News … it’s simply conjecture. If they were UGA players, then there’s a story to report and punishment to be handed out by CMR.

End of story!

ActuaryDawg

April 2nd, 2010
12:29 pm

Unless I’m missing someone on the roster, Derrick Lott is only guy that could possibly fit the description. If he can otherwise account for his whereabouts that night, then Richt should be able to quickly dismiss this garbage and move on.

1eyedJack

April 2nd, 2010
12:29 pm

If true, you’re either off the team for good or you go spend a year at Georgia Military College.

SOGADOG

April 2nd, 2010
12:31 pm

The players are innocent until proven guilty. However, if it did happen, it shows CMR should have dropped the hammer on Mettenberger so the other players get the message that bad behavior wont be tolerated. It seems our players are more focused on partying than football and school. The lack of focus and discipline off the field translates into poor play, penalties, turnovers and poor preparation and execution on the field.

a

April 2nd, 2010
12:33 pm

ditto on comment moderation. nice censorship, bill. i’m going to read tim tucker’s blog.

ARdawg

April 2nd, 2010
12:34 pm

Saint Simons was in Athens over the weekend and lost his girlfriend because he is a wuss. Now 4 Georgia football players have to pay? How about getting the facts before the convictions?

how2fish

April 2nd, 2010
12:35 pm

Athens is not a really big place and I doubt there are any guys on the football team that we don’t have a few hundred pictures of…the police will get to the bottom of it..of course they will be looking for the perp’s not just football players still one would think you could either confrim or rule out any UGA football players role in this very sorid affair faster than every large black man in Athens..but the police report tells a much grimmer story than just a slap in the back of the head, things were said that are beyond the pale period. And sorry I maybe showing my age but they were slapping around and threating a young woman. No excuses for WHOEVER did that.If of course its true to start with. But if it was my wife,sister,or daughters how could you wait days to report? That is the strange part to me.

Dawglasville

April 2nd, 2010
12:45 pm

Get all of the facts first then weigh in with both feet.

How2fish

April 2nd, 2010
12:49 pm

ARdawg St.Simons had a girlfriend ?? Wait you must have meant Yellow Fuzz!

Geez, Dbalcer...

April 2nd, 2010
12:51 pm

…CURFEW – CURFEW? Are kidding me? Curfew? For college kids? Are you freakin’ kidding me? They don’t even have curfews during the regular season, except the night before the game, when they all stay together in a hotel. Geez, son, get a life, or better yet, get a clue….

Greg

April 2nd, 2010
12:55 pm

UGA Arrest Count: 4 and counting

Greg

April 2nd, 2010
12:57 pm

Excuse me the UGA Aresst Count is at 5.

Greg

April 2nd, 2010
12:57 pm

Jay

April 2nd, 2010
12:59 pm

Greg is stupid

dap01

April 2nd, 2010
1:04 pm

At least CMR does not sleep in a padded cell. He has not banned and threatened a reporter.

Urban Myer is wacko!

PMC

April 2nd, 2010
1:15 pm

There are 3 sides to every story and if these people were afraid… they would not have waited until TUESDAY to report it.

A bunch of drunk people in a taxi got into an argument (which happens EVERY SINGLE NIGHT in Athens these guys say… football player and all of a sudden it’s everywhere.

Hopefully no ones dock shoes and pastel shorts got soiled.

Delusional Dawg

April 2nd, 2010
1:19 pm

This is all Urban Meyer’s fault!

Dawg 39

April 2nd, 2010
1:23 pm

I agree that severe punishments are due to the 4 males involved. Were they football players? I hope not. If they were UGA students, then the school should send them packing. This involves more than what CMR should do or can do. However, I have serious doubts about whether any football players were involved.
I am in favor of everything I have heard or read about how the kick off team is going to operate. Special teams will be special in a positive way from now on.

$750K

April 2nd, 2010
1:26 pm

The real crime is that we are paying some football coach $750K when the education budget is being slashed.

How2fish

April 2nd, 2010
1:27 pm

Greg besides Mett who has been arrested please the rest of the THINKING world would love to know as they have not even I.D’s the 4 men…my god please tell me your not driving!

How2fish

April 2nd, 2010
1:29 pm

$750K the real crime is your dumbazz comment..same old spew day after day..please just TRY and stay with the issues.

Bremen Dawg

April 2nd, 2010
1:29 pm

Oh no, you said the b word. I sure hope it wasn’t football players. What little punk would file a police report on something like that. I bet it wasn’t nothing, the guy was probably mouthing off at the 4 males.

Sam

April 2nd, 2010
1:29 pm

The sad thing is that it would not be shocking if they were football players.

Sanford Drive

April 2nd, 2010
1:33 pm

“That would be a pretty severe punishment for some slaps in the back of the head and terroristic threats…”

Seriously, Bill? You’re an enormous idiot for putting those words into writing. It’s good to know you have such low moral standards.

IF these allegations are true, these kids should ABSOLUTELY be kicked off the team.

DSGB

April 2nd, 2010
1:38 pm

Whether they are football players or not… they are a bunch of POS thugs who should be behind bars… if a white person was harrassing a black couple and said what these guys said to the female the NCAAP would be marching through the streets of Athens as we speak. If they are football players THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO REASON THEY SHOULDN’T BE KICKED OFF THE TEAM. I dont care if they are the our first team starters, they should be gone.

Barry Hollander

April 2nd, 2010
1:40 pm

My hunch is there are things these guys said that suggested they’re on the football team, things that didn’t make the official police report — which is not all that unusual. Whether they were lying about being on the team, who knows?

But Bill has it all wrong when he says being kicked off the team — assuming they’re on the team — is going too far for a smack upside the head and terroristic threats. The language, the nature of the sexual suggestions, and the situation, call for exactly that. Again, this assumes due process and identification of any team members being involved. And I speak as someone who has lived in Athens for almost 20 years and who teaches at UGA, not a visitor for football weekends.

My final hunch — they won’t really be able to identify these guys and, as is often the case of incidents that do, or often do not, make the police blotter, this will quietly disappear.

SEC

April 2nd, 2010
1:41 pm

Not a believable story for one. The cab driver didnt report it and they didnt report it til several days later. And hey if it was UGA football players at least they were taking a taxi instead of driving drunk.

dixie clear

April 2nd, 2010
1:43 pm

jaildogs in top offseason form!

SEC

April 2nd, 2010
1:44 pm

dixie once you call tell me which ones it was then repost

dixie clear

April 2nd, 2010
1:48 pm

we have a bet on the number of offseason arrests for the jaildogs…i’m saying 10+…..

Jay

April 2nd, 2010
1:49 pm

Who is we dixie? You and your redneck stupid mama.

East Atlanta

April 2nd, 2010
1:51 pm

If this story turns out to be true, CMR absolutely has to kick them off the team. This isn’t Nebraska under Tom Osbourne, we can’t tolerate players on the team who would perpetrate violence against women. That being said, it does seem strange that they are being identified as “UGA football players” without any names being mentioned.

Big XII

April 2nd, 2010
1:59 pm

Awwwww…..Like clockwork, UGA thug players make the news for thug activities.

Big XII

April 2nd, 2010
2:01 pm

How did the victim know these 4 were football players? Because they behaved like thugs.

Silencio

April 2nd, 2010
2:14 pm

Urban Meyer has already told the players they will sit for the first half of the G Day game.

Tinaker

April 2nd, 2010
2:16 pm

My money is that our team will be minus 4 guys soon.

HERE THEY COME

April 2nd, 2010
2:16 pm

ALL the tech fans will be judging this as fact right now (BOTH of the tech fans that is)
it may be true or it might not have happened at all we will just have to wait and see

I am the dog

April 2nd, 2010
2:18 pm

maybe she wanted some abuse? ….. any Ga fan should let them have their wives. Take one for the team. go dawgs… just keep playing awesome football. they will all move on sooner or later, they are just kids.

JMart

April 2nd, 2010
2:20 pm

My question is what kind of taxi cab picks up nine people going to different destinations at one time? Does this really happen in Athens? And what kind of van holds nine adults?

egeagle

April 2nd, 2010
2:22 pm

I’m not a tough guy by any means, but if such things happened they would be investigating how I was found slaughtered by those four thugs. I’d have made a stand or at least reported it as soon as possible. I do have to question the “victims” here. Especially if this guy was a former player himself. Maybe UGA players can be put into a lineup like in Porky’s to let the couple ID them. AJC will be happy with all of the attention. it’s many years ago in each case, but I remember that a story about Mike Bobo leaving a club via the back door got twice the coverage of the Techies ‘ puncing out of the coed. They at least did show her picture with her bandages. If true, run the perpetrators out of town on a rail. If the charges are bogus, however, prosecute the accuser as well. It’s a long way from the beach, but I smell fish.

Big XII

April 2nd, 2010
2:25 pm

egeagle –

Some internet tough guy huh……More thug mentality.

Spurrier

April 2nd, 2010
2:32 pm

Can’t afford to have anybody suspended for a couple of games, we are going to come after the frosh QB with everything we have all day. Look out for a trick play or two on offense.

Realistic Dawg

April 2nd, 2010
2:39 pm

Let’s not get too crazy here! The punishment should depend on two things: First, who were the players? I mean starters are one thing, scout teamers are another. Second, was this girl hot? If not, then surely this isn’t something that a couple of stadium runs can’t fix!

Mitch Cumstein

April 2nd, 2010
2:40 pm

If it were the other way around…white guys harrassing blacks, oh the firestorm!!

The liberal media would be all over the tea baggers and the old south would have risen again!

Georgia Fan

April 2nd, 2010
2:41 pm

JMart — Athens really isn’t that big of a place. Cabs squeeze in as many riders as possible and make the stops before heading back downtown to do it all over again. You’ve really never heard of a van holding 9 people?

Stinger

April 2nd, 2010
2:42 pm

kick them off the team NOW !!

Stinger

April 2nd, 2010
2:44 pm

I’m betting nothing happens. Unless a murder is committed, I don’t see your coaching staff taking any action.

Dawg 39

April 2nd, 2010
2:45 pm

Off the topic.. The athletic dept. makes money. The football program pays the costs of several of the other athletic programs. It does not have anything at all to do with taxpayer money or student tuitions.
U. Profs are paid by the University. Coaches are paid by the Athletic Dept. As long as the programs are profitable, they can pay coaches any amount they deem is justifiable. Compared to other schools salary scales, the coaches at UGA are not overpaid & they earn what they are worth (Capitalism).

penalties r us

April 2nd, 2010
2:46 pm

After the Florida game a few years ago, when Richt encouraged his players to celebrate intentionally, to get a penalty, Richt lost a ton of respect form the refs.

From that game, UGA’s penalty calls increased by 50% the next season and have never slowed down to “pre-florida celebration” levels.

The refs have made their point, time to return to civility and fairness again. Richt didn’t suddenly become “undisciplined” after the Florida game, the refs look dumb to throw that many flags in each game against Georgia, and as Richt proved, if they keep doing it, he’ll get them fired, just like the crew who called the game against Georgia-LSU, all lost their income.

KJ

April 2nd, 2010
2:48 pm

Big XII -

Reading comprehension isn’t your strong suit. You should probably put the keyboard down before you hurt yourself.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

April 2nd, 2010
2:49 pm

Slap on the head and terroristic threats does not warrant dismissal from the program? Bill lay of the Kool-Aid man. If these are football players and this is true then yes, immediate dismissal. In todays society anyone who make such comments that is mentioned in the police report (gangbangs and asking his wife about being w/ black men) has no place on the team. I am not going to rush to any judgement, but your comment is completly off base. Accountability is in order if this is true.

Urban Meyer

April 2nd, 2010
2:49 pm

I say make them run an extra lap at practice. Boys will be boys, you know.

speaking of arrests.....seen Gator Nation?

April 2nd, 2010
2:54 pm

We have a lot of arrests to go to catch the kingpin of coaching arrest, URBAN MEYER, who has had 25 PLAYERS ARRESTED since URBAN MEYER took over in 2005:

http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/sports_college_uf/2009/06/janoris-jenkinscharge-misdemeanor-affray-and-resisting-arrest-without-violence-for-his-role-in-a-may-30-fight-outside-a-down.html

Oh Billy Boy...

April 2nd, 2010
2:55 pm

UGA players are just thugs. That’s all that Mark Richt knows.

Jan Kemp

April 2nd, 2010
3:01 pm

Same Sh**, different day!

dawgstephen

April 2nd, 2010
3:02 pm

A matter such as this should NOT EVEN BE OPEN TO THIS STUPID POST AS YOU WANT TO FORUM!!! NOTHING has been proved yet, and to just let people post as they want to shows how USELESS the AJC really is…

Let the facts come out and then POST….what a rag!!!

yeah whatever!

April 2nd, 2010
3:04 pm

Look I could’nt care less. They are football players, not saints or role models.

dawgstephen

April 2nd, 2010
3:05 pm

By the way Bill, very good job of your post, very well written. IF players were involved, then I agree with you completely. Well said.

http://dawgstephen.blogspot.com/

bruce mac

April 2nd, 2010
3:05 pm

If all of you UGA haters weren’t so stupid you would realize this is a he said, she said nothing event. No one was injured or harmed in any way. As usual much ado about nothing. Soon to come UGA Thug rides motor scooter wrong way on one way street, sentenced to Levenworth for life?

atlvol55

April 2nd, 2010
3:05 pm

Bill,

Seems as if you and several of the UGA fans have selective memory. You claim we should give them due process and check on the facts (which I agee with). However, when the non story about Kiffin and these two girls who supposedly went to SC came out…everyone made this huge deal and acted like TN was going to get the death penalty. Of course, it was much ado about nothing and the NCAA basically found no wrong doing…

Didn’t see you sticking up for TN or Fl before facts came out…I guess it only applies to the “beloved” Bulldog players….nice journalism

dawgstephen

April 2nd, 2010
3:06 pm

I have a question, what if players were NOT involved? Then I want to hear all you come back and post your apologies. If they were there and did this, then they should pay, but if not, I wanna hear some crow eatin. Im reserviung judgement till we know for sure.

http://dawgstephen.blogspot.com/

Top Dawg

April 2nd, 2010
3:07 pm

IF this is true, it will be time to send a message to the entire team that terroristic threats will not be tolerated at all and any such actions will result in being kicked off the team, period! I know CMR is a fine Christian man, but even Christians have to deal out punishment they don’t like.

Dawg Trainer

April 2nd, 2010
3:08 pm

Obviously, it was me. Yep, I was in downtown Athens last Saturday night…kinda sorta doing a unannounced inspection of Sanford and my hedges. I smacked the kid around because my hedges were cut 3/8 of an inch off my specs. After the last pimpslap, he saw 4 of me! Call the Hilton Garden Inn if ya need my registration information.

TypicalPackMentality

April 2nd, 2010
3:10 pm

I really hope those weren’t UGA players, but if so, I hope they enjoy playing JC ball. This type of racism is unacceptable. Some guys sure are tough when they outnumber & outsize their victims.

Dawg Trainer

April 2nd, 2010
3:11 pm

As for his lady, well, a gentleman doesn’t tell…

Tech Master

April 2nd, 2010
3:11 pm

More uga thugs from the university of football, beating up people in a taxi–showing how “tough” they are in Athens baby!!! Don’t mess with those dawg players–they’ll mess you up! Just keep them eligible somehow mark—that’s all that matters in athens.

yeah whatever!

April 2nd, 2010
3:16 pm

no one has been charged with terrorist threats and they said it was 4 big black guys……..hey wait I saw an alien for Mars! I dont know his name and I cant identify him except he was green and little. But maybe Bill King will make a blog about it.

Big XII

April 2nd, 2010
3:17 pm

Post apologies? Stop drinking the kool aid. UGA football = group of thugs. Why do you think Stafford left early? He knew Detroit would draft him, and he wanted to be in the biggest thug city. DUH!

Big XII

April 2nd, 2010
3:36 pm

Enter your comments here

jasont13

April 2nd, 2010
3:39 pm

I think this is absolutely bogus. First, if anyone laid hands on my wife I would do whatever I could to make sure they left with some kind of mark on their face or body. Why did this person not contact the authorities that night immediately after it happened? Second, its funny how the cab driver didn’t file a police report that night. Third, he says its four football players, hmmm how does he know?

how2fish

April 2nd, 2010
3:40 pm

Stinger kick WHO off the team you moron there aren’t even any names yet let alone if they DID anything wrong or not ?? Big XII puck you and the horse you rode in on in the middle of main street at high noon in Athens …you trolling POS! Hell the Bugs have more balls than the entire Big XII combined.

Delusional Dawg

April 2nd, 2010
3:45 pm

Come on everybody, get real. We all know those guys were a Urban Meyer plant putting those guys in that taxi under the disguise of being UGA players. And it was probably Saban’s idea in the first place. Don’t worry, Richt will have it all figured out in about 3 weeks when he suspends them for a game. He’s probably consulting Berger Boy as we speak. And this is so much ado about nothing. I know that if that was MY girlfriend or wife they had slapped around and asked to join in group sex, I would have just thought it all to be a hoot!

Halsey

April 2nd, 2010
3:45 pm

I have no idea if this is true, but if it is, anyone who hits and threatens a couple should be booted straight out of school. I don’t care who they are. It takes a real dirtbag to threaten and hit a woman.

Paddy

April 2nd, 2010
3:55 pm

Urban Meyer was the cab driver. Why has nobody mentioned that little tid bit. He has been doing weekend shifts in Athens as part of his rehab. Explain that one!!!!

meh

April 2nd, 2010
4:02 pm

seems to me if the vivtim knew they were football players they would be players who are known. In which case, he would know their names. Since he doesn’t know their names, I’m inclined to think they were just some big black dudes and that this guy’s an idiot.

Nilo Silvan

April 2nd, 2010
4:03 pm

Agree with most of the responses, and actually can’t believe that Bill King thinks kicking players off the team for this type of behavior would be too harsh. IF this story is true, and they are UGA fball players, and if all of them had a part in this, they should all be kicked off the team immediately. I am real disappointed in Bill King’s comment though. So, you want guys on the team that slap/punch random strangers, threaten to kill them (If you want to live, turn around), and degrade and harass females? Nice morals there Bill.

Jason

April 2nd, 2010
4:07 pm

Ummm… I’m thinking that it if they are players or not, the victim would press charges for assualt, and then the perpetrators would be in jail for a good bit of time. If they happened to be football players this would mean that they are too busy being in jail to play football regardless of whether the coach wants them to or not.

dixie clear

April 2nd, 2010
4:10 pm

st. richt needs to hold more bible studies!

hey yo!

April 2nd, 2010
4:10 pm

I don’t why people are calling UGA players thugs. They’ve had run ins with the law but there hasn’t been any violent crimes. You’ve got underage drinking, driving without a license, i think there was another issue with an expired license. they might be a little stupid but they’re not thugs.

jasont13

April 2nd, 2010
4:12 pm

If this really happened I think it wouldn’t be tough for the supposed accuser would have been able to identify the attackers via the internet. Also why didn’t the can driver contact the police or even the company he is driving for? Something just doesn’t add up.

jasont13

April 2nd, 2010
4:15 pm

Hey Nilo, I believe Bill King thinks just like the majority of everyone else who is not biased to UGA, and that this story is not true. Also hey yo! I totally agree with you, my cousin who was a UGA football player a few years ago was arrestted for no having proof of insurance in his car. It showed up that the car was insured via the officers computer when he checked the registration but due to GA Law you also need to have the insurance card in the car. Therefore my cousin was arrested and had the citations dismissed when he went to court. However it was still embarrasing to him. What gives?

jerry

April 2nd, 2010
4:20 pm

Mr. King, do you actually believe what you wrote or are you just doing a little Dawg fan boot licking?

Nilo Silvan

April 2nd, 2010
4:24 pm

jasont13, I also doubt a lot of this story….but he basically said even if it were true, that kicking them off the team is too severe a punishment. If it is true, kicking them off the team is definitely NOT too severe. Do you agree on that?

Just dumb Bill

April 2nd, 2010
4:25 pm

should’ve gotten a copy of the police report first before writing this. I’ve seen a copy out there, talking about “gang banging your wife” to the husband. How would you react Bill? but of course it’s just terrorist threats and a couple of slaps. Really?

Big XII

April 2nd, 2010
4:25 pm

It really did happen. I don’t need a police report to tell me UGA players are criminals.

misterwax

April 2nd, 2010
4:27 pm

if any one is convicted of making terroristic thrats in Georgia it is a felony…simple assualt is a misdemeanor and punishable in prison for up to 12 months…felonies longer than that….kicking them off the team is the least of their worries….And whoever thinks, it is not serious, is a fool…like the guy who wrote the column….Bill King?

Mike Adams

April 2nd, 2010
4:32 pm

Kick them off the team too harsh? I’m just a regular UGA student and if I did this there would be severe consequences from the higher ups at UGA. This is why people hate UGA and the football team. B/C what other school/fanbase would allow atheletes to committ crimes and use hate speech and laugh it off in the name of trying to beat UF, Auburn and others.

PowerDawg

April 2nd, 2010
4:33 pm

Hey, are you blocking my posts?

1eyedJack

April 2nd, 2010
4:38 pm

If guilty they got to, AT LEAST, go, student/athlete, just student, or janitorial staff.

But let’s not forget the Duke Lacrosse team a few years back…let justice run it’s course.

Well it’s obvious from reading Jan Kemp’s post that she’s still dead.

Oh Billy Boy…why don’t you go club some old lady golfer.

Stinger…amazingly I agreed with your first post and then you went and proved that you’re still on crack.

I am the dog…you got that right…plus you stink.

Realistic Dawg…quit posing, you’re bad at it.

Big XII…what kind of man are you? You’re not from around here huh?

dixie clear…it’s obvious that you are insane…it’s just a matter of to what degree.

Greg…I hope you’re not pre-law. We’re up to our collars already with inept politicians.

$750K…just go somewhere…you’re the person who when people see you coming they suddenly remember a prior engagement.

jdog

April 2nd, 2010
4:39 pm

Wow.
The mentality I see above from a lot of comments is that of a lynch mob. Guilty. Period. Ask no questions, just hang em. If the police find they were football players and they are quilty, then treat em like criminals, kick’em off the team, punish’em.
But until then, a lot of you are of the opinion we should consider them guilty and treat’em as such?
I just hope most of you aren’t in a position of leadership and can actually influence others. Especially our youth.
We have come so far, yet we have so far to go.

WIllie Martinez

April 2nd, 2010
4:39 pm

I know it’s not any of my former players that I coached. I wish they would give me my job back.

Fernando Appleyard

April 2nd, 2010
4:48 pm

I hope this doesn’t get national media coverage or we’ll have Al Sharpton and the ACLU to deal with.

jdog

April 2nd, 2010
4:50 pm

IF, and I say IF they are guilty Bill, they need to go. Period.
That was crap and UGA does not need people like that representing the University.
It’s unfair athletes are held to a higher standard, but thats the way it is.
As of now however, we don’t know any facts, and should therefore hold judgement until the truth comes out.

Bob

April 2nd, 2010
4:52 pm

Thanks for the informed and intelligent post Barry.

Had one of your intro classes maybe eight years ago & you managed to make 8am tolerable …

I am the dog

April 2nd, 2010
4:58 pm

Sports By Brooks dug up the police report and it turns out the four guys in question are Georgia football players, albeit unnamed Georgia football players.They’ve been charged with “terroristic threats.”

At this point your author did the following things:

Typed “borgan meister” into Google Translate in case it came back with “sausage master” or something.
Scoured the internets until I came across a Georgia Rivals mod shooting down a conspiracy theory (permalink) about the police report.
So… yeah. It appears a bratwurst-spurred slap attack by Georgia football players that becomes public on April Fool’s Day is, in fact, a legit occurrence. What a country.

No one’s confirming or denying anything about the identity of the players or even that these four guys are actually UGA players, but you can read the tone on the message board link above: this isn’t a case of mistaken identity. (Brooks reached out to UGA and got what amounts to a no comment.) Given the minor nature of the charges, none of the accused here face much more than a slap on the wrist from the legal system, but the nature of the offense paints these guys in an exceptionally unflattering light. It’s one thing to get in a fight. That happens on occasion. It’s another to start slapping people because they asked about your (completely literal, not metaphorical at all)bratwurst. If there’s not another side to the story here, a boy scoutlike Mark Richt might dole out punishment harsher than you’d expect. Bill would have said nothing had that been his wife…take one for the team dog lover.

jdog

April 2nd, 2010
5:01 pm

Willie, Richt might have an opening for you if you change your name to Uga. You coached like a dog anyway, so it might work. You get to lay on bags of ice, how cool is that?

How2fish

April 2nd, 2010
5:18 pm

Big XII and the Bull Dawg Nation don’t need any police report to know your a TOOL !

How2fish

April 2nd, 2010
5:23 pm

I am the dog the entire report has been posted on the net and there were NO names on the original report nice try you TROLL do you really think that the names would not be on the AJC the second they are confirmed please please step away from the keyboard.

Cover It Up!

April 2nd, 2010
5:34 pm

Richt needs to get the Athens police to keep this thing quiet—these players are probably starters and without them in the fall, UGA may not even beat South Carolina! Just offer a few season tickets and make this “go away.” Richt learned his trade from bobby bowden, who covered up crimes for years!!!

Dawgscout

April 2nd, 2010
5:36 pm

Let’s not lose sight of the fact that all the participants were college kids fueled by alcohol after a night partying uptown. Something tells me this grooms drunk mouth got out of hand with ONE of guys sharing the taxi. Then, he embarrassingly lost the ensuing shout down match.

George

April 2nd, 2010
5:41 pm

Why would any caring parent allow their son to join the UGA football program?

Hello BuLLdaug

April 2nd, 2010
5:42 pm

So, is Athens now the terror capital of georgia?

Big L

April 2nd, 2010
5:46 pm

Main problem I have is these guys did’nt just use intimidation, they used white guilt. They called the vics racist thenproceeded to assault and berate them. Racist is already an overused and easily thrown around term, but to use it as a tool in an assault is just digusting. I for one hope this is not true.

ga gator

April 2nd, 2010
6:13 pm

Sounds like an April fools joke to me.

Bull

April 2nd, 2010
6:28 pm

I hate to say it but the public only hears 25% of all the stuff that happens off the field.

how2fish

April 2nd, 2010
6:30 pm

Cover It Up! nice you managed to defame 2 programs with no proof..multi-tasking at its finest..congrats

Big XII

April 2nd, 2010
6:30 pm

The only joke is the UGA fans homerisim over this. People, this is the status quo for this program.

Joe

April 2nd, 2010
6:35 pm

“kick them off the team.” That would be a pretty severe punishment for some slaps in the back of the head and terroristic threats.
Jesus you are a complete idiot Bill.

how2fish

April 2nd, 2010
6:37 pm

Big XII and your the status quo for well the Big XII…. we win. Now your dismissed..

Suspended'EM-now!

April 2nd, 2010
6:41 pm

They need to be gone if all this is true.
So much for safety by taxi….!

Stinger

April 2nd, 2010
6:42 pm

I say quilty until proven innocent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dawg 39

April 2nd, 2010
6:53 pm

If this is true,& I see no evidence that it is (I.e. that UGA football players are involved), then the University, not CMR, will determine the school’s punishment. The court system will also determine the results of this encounter & if found guilty the court will do the real sentencing. CMR will only be an interested bystander, However, Until proven wrong I prefer to believe NO DAWGS were involved. If I am wrong & Dawgs were involved, I believe they should be dismissed not only from the team but from UGA. This was certainly NOT typical Dawg behavior.

Big XII

April 2nd, 2010
7:01 pm

How many national championships does Georgia have?

Bill King

April 2nd, 2010
7:15 pm

“Just dumb:

I linked to the police report in the original blog. Go back and click where the words “described in the police report” are highlighted. That’s a link.

And if you do look at the report, you’ll see that it’s only the word of one of the victims that they were Georgia football players. The officer makes no conclusion in that regard.

Homer Simpson

April 2nd, 2010
7:16 pm

“I say quilty until proven innocent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

mmmmmmmmm…. quilty

Bill King

April 2nd, 2010
7:19 pm

Nilo:

I didn’t say kicking them off the team would be “too harsh.”

I said it would be “a pretty severe punishment” but that “the basic thinking seems to be that players represent the university and such behavior just isn’t acceptable. A line has to be drawn somewhere.”

Bill King

April 2nd, 2010
7:24 pm

atlvol55:

I don’t recall writing anything about Tennessee deserving the NCAA death penalty. You swipe a mighty broad brush there.

As for the visit of the UT girls in question, I don’t think there was any doubt it happened. There was a photograph.

ONLY Fair

April 2nd, 2010
7:26 pm

when you recruit thUGAS you get thugs.

Bill King

April 2nd, 2010
7:33 pm

“Georgia Fan”:

I don’t delete comments just because I disagree with them, or there would be many fewer comments here. Most are deleted automatically by a filter that scans for certain unacceptable words. Others that go too far get deleted in response to reader complaints.

76-Dawg

April 2nd, 2010
7:33 pm

I hope that the police investigation will find the students responsible whether they are football players or just students. If it is true then the school needs to expel them. But this is one time that I would make sure that all 4 took part in the incident. It sounds like you had one instigator and one other was showing how classy,dumb ass, he could be and the other two were bystanders. They wouldn’t have showed much class not intervening but expelling them would be too severe. This is one time that guilty by association may not fit. But the other two need to go. I would subpoena the cab driver and see if the man and his wife instigated the incident any or fueled the situation to such a bad outcome.

doogiestephan

April 2nd, 2010
7:41 pm

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Lood AXE

April 2nd, 2010
7:50 pm

Those thugs need to be kicked off the team and out of school period! I bet Saint Mark already has a good idea who the guilty are and is just keeping quiet for now.

Question?

April 2nd, 2010
7:52 pm

Why are all the UGA haters jumping on here and saying that Mark Richt only recruits thugs and Richt is a bad guy? I know him personally and that is the last thing that should ever be concluded. He is a great man and he wants quality Christian men in and around his program. But all he knows about a player is how the player acts in front of him. Richt is a fine Christian man and the punishments do come from over his head so do not judge him on that. Im not saying he is perfect but Richt is truly a role model when many other coaches in the spot light are not. Please stick to the facts which are pretty vague to say the least.

Sad Richards

April 2nd, 2010
7:55 pm

Doogie you wuss! Your continual bashing of the AJC UGA sports blog and its bloggers is just lame. Dude go out and find a woman or maybe in you case, a partner in life that will give you a purpose in life…..

UT Suxs

April 2nd, 2010
8:32 pm

Maybe it was Da’ Rick…not Derrick?

dawgstephentard

April 2nd, 2010
8:36 pm

Dawgstephen is really going out on a limb by basically being a CMR robot. What a tard! Read my blog. Errrrrr Read my blog…..errrrr I’m Dawgstephen errrrrr I’m an idiot errrrr

jc

April 2nd, 2010
8:39 pm

THUGS-THUGS-THUGS and CMR must be afraid of them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dawg Tired

April 2nd, 2010
8:43 pm

Gregg – Help me. Who are the five players who have been arrested? I assume you are not so stupid as to be counting the 4 unknown guys discussed in the incident described in this article. Pretty difficult to arrest 4 guys who might be football players and might not be football players. Now, while I have assumed you are not stupid enough to count these 4 unknown persons, let me say that if you are counting them then you are in fact dumber than dirt.

Man That Dude Is Stressed Out!

April 2nd, 2010
8:46 pm

Saint Simons is My Janitor

April 2nd, 2010
8:50 pm

any tech fans up for a cab ride

Dawg Tired

April 2nd, 2010
8:59 pm

I don’t think it could be any of our players because the report indicates they actually were able to hit their target.

Saint Simons is My Janitor

April 2nd, 2010
9:03 pm

Dawg Tired

You make a great point

Im feeling a little easier now knowing we have our first positive clue!!

Don in DC

April 2nd, 2010
9:12 pm

Very thoughtful blog post Mr. King. Thank you. – Don

UGA Student

April 2nd, 2010
10:07 pm

First of all, many of you think its assanine to believe they were football players. I highly doubt Coach Richt would be involved if there wasn’t reason or proof that they were football players. Secondly, these boys were dropped off at ECV, where the athletes live. Yes, I hope they aren’t football players, but many of you that think there is no way it could be might want to consider the odds stacked against them. Read the report on the redandblack.com for a more gruesome detailed report.

col fot

April 2nd, 2010
10:16 pm

more trashy bull…. by the ajc haters of UGA

SickandTired

April 2nd, 2010
10:51 pm

Mark Richt wouldn’t have players that do those kinds of things. They are innocent, all of them. The water girl knows they wouldn’t do anyhing bad doesn’t she. They say, “we likes the water girl.”

Chuck

April 2nd, 2010
11:35 pm

F’n idiots… Duke lacrosse, anyone? Why do you morons insist on being a lynch mob instead of letting the process play out before you make assumptions? You are all every bit as dumb as the rest of the world believe that you are. Typical judgemental white trash!
Hey, Big XII (which should actually be called big one plus little eleven)… I bet you suck one hell of a big twelve every chance you get. If your d!ck was as big as your mouth, every woman in America would be lined up at your door to take a ride. Too bad it’s probably the same size as your second grade intellect… That over-rated junior varsity conference should keep its mouth shut now and forever, and so should you. You have nothing to offer an intelligent conversation, so go to your closet and look for your inflatable date. The Tech nerds can tell you how to work it.

No Big Deal

April 2nd, 2010
11:42 pm

Some football players slap around some dude and his girlfriend — what’s the big deal. They probably had it coming. These players need some space and shouldn’t have to put up with all this. Next time, this dude needs to stay out of the way.

Big Black Man from Athens

April 3rd, 2010
12:00 am

So a drunk married, thats still in college!?, couple makes an allegation two days after the fact and assumes these guys are football players and now every one believes them. This is bogus and the couple should get thrown out of school for making false accusations!

The Lady Dogs in OT

April 3rd, 2010
12:59 am

How dare you, Bill. Of course you have to let the facts come out, but to suggest that getting kicked off the team for terrorizing the other students, including sexually intimidating the wife and physically striking both the husband and wife, is too severe is really out of touch. You toss out that they represent UGA as if it were a minor thing. You need to wise up, and CMR had better start coaching character better than he has been. No excuse for such a scandal-ridden decade. Prevent, CMR, don’t just react.

UGA Alumnus

April 3rd, 2010
1:01 am

The racists are the ones who assume that four black men can’t be in college unless they are on the football team. This is one of the most bogus reports I have ever read! When it comes to light that these guys were not on the football team I encourage all UGA Alumni and Fans to pursue legal action against the sporting news bloger for slander. Why let the facts get in the way of your blog?

The Lady Dogs in OT

April 3rd, 2010
1:02 am

BigBlack, if the allegations were bogus then the police would not have reported it. I know that witnesses in East Village who saw the 4 guys get out of the taxi had already called the police when the story first broke. I guess you want to forgive them because they are black, which is more racist than merely describing what they did.

The Lady Dogs in OT

April 3rd, 2010
1:04 am

UGAAlum: If the allegations are proven completely false, then I agree with you about pursuing legal action. Without sources the headline sounds like recruiting chicanery. But you are jumping the gun assuming the accusers are racists, also.

JacketRocket

April 3rd, 2010
1:07 am

Haha. UGA Alumnus, you live up to your name. While crying “racism” and “prejudice” at the media you assume the accusers were racists and liars. We don’t know if the story is true, we don’t know if it isn’t. You are more guilty than the Sporting News because there is a decidedly racist tinge to your accusation.

JacketRocket

April 3rd, 2010
1:09 am

It would be surprising if the four, very large, black men who got out of the taxi in front of one of the unofficial athlete’s dorms were not in some way related to the athletic program. Damon Evans better snap to, and keep his own house in order by cracking some coaches’ heads.

Dawg2011

April 3rd, 2010
1:11 am

This is why I hate it when our coaches recruit criminals and they embarrass the university: we have to hear from Tech fans like JR. And don’t be fooled, we deserve it, CMR deserves it, and as long as we worship our mid-tier football team as if they were gods they will continue to be mid-tier and continue to get into trouble.

Dawg2011

April 3rd, 2010
1:14 am

Kick any player in any sport who behaves as these four supposedly did, and suspend any other players who knew about it and did not report it. UGA is bigger than any four jocks, and this pattern of behavior has to be stopped. Richt should be punished too if they were his players, because this has happened too often in the last four years.

UGA Alumnus

April 3rd, 2010
1:15 am

I am not jumping the gun but when I went to UGA I knew who the football players were, I had classes with alot of them and you would always see them hangin out at Tate together. If the truely were football players then the accusers should have been able to find out there identity via the internet by now. My room mate in college was a 6-6, 260 pound black guy, and he didn’t play for UGA. I guess since an allegation was made then it must be true? The sporting news said they it is true and they are football players, with no evidence. I am just glad that you, Mr. Rocket, are never called for jury duty!

CMR Redux

April 3rd, 2010
1:16 am

These players do not represent the best of the UGA football team. In fact, I’ve had about 35-40 players since 2006 who have not represented the program well. I will deal severely with them, just as I have in the past, which seems to be working so well as a deterrent, don’t you think?

UGA Alumnus

April 3rd, 2010
1:17 am

Excuse me, I just hope that you are never called for jury duty!

CMR Redux

April 3rd, 2010
1:17 am

Now, before we take the field, let us pray. By the way, everyone watch you butts while we close our eyes and nod.

CMR Redux

April 3rd, 2010
1:18 am

Lord, please don’t let any more of my players get caught when they break the law.

CMR Redux

April 3rd, 2010
1:19 am

And Lord, next time I tell them to take a taxi instead of driving drunk or without a license, lead them to a taxi with some sisters on board so nobody files a complaint or criminal charges.

JacketRocket

April 3rd, 2010
1:26 am

I’m sure you were intimately acquainted with your beloved football players while you were in school, but how could you recognize them while you were on your knees? The Sporting News was wrong to print that headline with no better sources, but I contend that you are either disingenuous, dishonest, or incredibly short-sided if you think that the accusers just assumed their assailants were football players because they were black. THe fact that the taxi dropped them off outside housing primarily inhabited by athletes, their size and degree of fitness, and any number of other clues would lend credence to their accusations. In the absence of any animosity towards the football program, this couple should be assumed to be as innocent as your blow buddies until proven otherwise.

gp295

April 3rd, 2010
1:26 am

First of all, if it was the other way around there wouldn;t be a stories. In these day young blk men toke gun like credit card, you wouldn’t disrepect his wife,sister of mother. Please wait until the whole story is out, Susan Smith.

UGA Alumnus

April 3rd, 2010
1:26 am

All we have at this point is a statement from an intoxicated person returning home from downtown Athens in cab. The best description he can give is they were four, big, black guys! Come on, you in your intoxicated state, could indentify them as football players, but not their names? When they release names, and prove that it was football players, I fully support kicking them out of school, but until that point I am under the assumption that this was a sick April Fools joke!

JacketRocket

April 3rd, 2010
1:28 am

Believe it or not, UGA Alumnus, many of the tens of thousands of students in Athens actually have lives of their own and don’t worship the jocks as you apparently did.

JacketRocket

April 3rd, 2010
1:29 am

Who said any one in that cab was intoxicated?

UGA Alumnus

April 3rd, 2010
1:29 am

JacketRocket, I do not swing that way but hey if you want to wave the rainbow flag off the balcony of your mid town apartment, more power to you. If I was you I would quit licking Paul Johnson’s Man boobies and start wondering why your team sucks so bad!

JacketRocket

April 3rd, 2010
1:29 am

And there were 3 witnesses, not including the cabbie who is conveniently denying knowing them even though he called one by name.

UGA Alumnus

April 3rd, 2010
1:31 am

I didn’t worship the Jocks but I do love some UGA football. I guess that is something you wouldn’t understand since has a AA high school program thats going bankrupt!

UGA Alumnus

April 3rd, 2010
1:32 am

If you read the police report the guy said he “wasn’t that drunk”, ha, famous last words!

JacketRocket

April 3rd, 2010
1:34 am

Yes, we indeed did suck since we lost to UGA this year, but over the past two years we’ve done pretty well…a helluva lot better than CMR’s chain gang record-wise and 1-1 under CPJ. I’m sure you’d love to run up some flagboy’s flagpole, but since you can’t even read a simple, straightforward report accurately I’m guessing you can’t get it up past half-mast. Maybe Uga 7 can give you a reach around, but wait, he’s dead! You could bang Russ, but you might get white butt paint all over you.

JacketRocket

April 3rd, 2010
1:35 am

I guess you’re stuck with your sister and mother, as usual. Enjoy.

UGA Alumnus

April 3rd, 2010
1:35 am

Jacket Rocket: It must suck to have a team so sorry that the only thing you can take pride in is bashing your big brother from Athens. I am more concerned with Terrorists breeding ground over on North Avenue!

UGA Alumnus

April 3rd, 2010
1:40 am

I actually have a girl friend so I don’t have to go the Clairmount to get close to a women like lil Jacket sissies. It must suck to have more middle eastern students then coeds!

UGA Alumnus

April 3rd, 2010
1:47 am

Jacket Rocket you apparently have a lot of homo thoughts. Leave it to a tech student to try and turn a football blog into a gay chat room!

Willie Martinez

April 3rd, 2010
8:10 am

Things are going well with our D out here in Norman! If anybody cares.

Montrell

April 3rd, 2010
8:50 am

This is another example of the racism around here against African-Americans. These white people are probably making up these stories to get some brothers in trouble—this probably didn’t even happen. It’s just another way they are trying to keep the black man down in the south. I’m getting tired of this and may move back up north when the economy gets better.

Rational Thought

April 3rd, 2010
8:58 am

Kick Who off the team? If they are not football players then you get what you want. They won’t be on the team. Why do so many people jump to conclusions. Whoever is guilty should be punished. Everyone would agree with that. There seems to be only one who hit and that person should be punished more harshly, however all involved should have some punishment (if found guilty).

GRRRRR...

April 3rd, 2010
9:10 am

mean dawgs, stay mean, stay hungary, slap everybody….GATA!!

GRRRRR...

April 3rd, 2010
9:13 am

as my liberal homey’s say, it is not their fault…they were raised in abusive homes with no love and molested…compassion and therapy will be adequate…

Hartman Donor

April 3rd, 2010
9:27 am

shannon

April 3rd, 2010
9:30 am

Bill, as a life long Dawg and Alumn, this comment by you troubles me: “Early fan response in the blogosophere has leaned heavily toward “kick them off the team.” That would be a pretty severe punishment for some slaps in the back of the head and terroristic threats, but the basic thinking seems to be that players represent the university and such behavior just isn’t acceptable. A line has to be drawn somewhere.”

Do you have a wife, or a daughter??????? I do. IF IF these allegations are true, then can you imagine being a woman stuck in the back of a van and four big mn talking about raping you?????????

You, my friend, are a moron.

Of course these guys are innocent until proven guilty. If these allegations were made up, then the couple who made them up should be kicked out of the university for smearing the character of these four men.

But IF true, you are saying as long as these guys can tackle and hit, you are cool with it. Pretty pathetic.

Mark Richt is handling this correctly.

Go Dawgs!!

Really Bill?

April 3rd, 2010
9:40 am

100% agree shannon. Bill- football always come first at UGA huh? Don’t try to back pedal on this comment either. You need to seriously think about what you said, You even say “SOME slaps on the head” like it was meaningless. If I was your wife or daughter I would be very disappointed by this.

Ron Burgundy

April 3rd, 2010
9:48 am

I just read the police report.

Waiting the length of time that they did does seem odd, but it at least leads me to believe that the story isn’t made up. It seems more likely they stewed about the incident and decided to call rather than randomly call and make a false claim, which doesn’t make sense.

Although he did say that the bratwursts from The Grill smelled good. Hmmmm…maybe so.

Either way, this is going to get ugly. And I’ll be all over this story…like it was Veronica Corningstone’s haunches.

Stay classy, World.

DirtyDawg

April 3rd, 2010
10:36 am

They need to get to the bottom of this ‘now’, and end it one way or the other. Otherwise, the SOBs that never actually need an excuse to ‘trash’ Georgia and Mark Richt, will keep using this one until the damage can’t be undone.

If it turns out that none of this was true, or that football players weren’t involved, or whatever that will render all this speculation just more lies designed to defame and ridicule, then those of you that have used it to do your usual ‘bad-mouthing’ will need to make a few amends somehow…stayin’ away form here forever would do as a start.

jrepetto22

April 3rd, 2010
10:48 am

Lets hope that (1) the reported incident is NOT true, and (2) the alleged suspects are not members of the UGA football team. As a former cop of 29 yrs, I can tell you that the facts have to “match” the reported incident. And as far as suspect Identification goes, gonna have to be more than just a first name and a witness thinks he’s on the team. Lets see where the investigation leads and what Facts! do come out. If this incident is true and the suspects are football players, then by all means harsh punishment needs to be handed down by the UGA administration and Coach M.R. but lets wait see…

I am the dog

April 3rd, 2010
11:19 am

sad sad sad….we should support the schools and so should the students by acting like they care. Do not say they are kids,they are young adults living in the real world .There are limits to what the masses feel is expectable behavior. The school has to make a stand by setting the example

Denver Dawg

April 3rd, 2010
12:53 pm

This is all a bunch of BS, probably made up by a Tech fan to get Ga players in trouble—no Ga players were involved in this—bank on it! It will all get cleared up before fall season and the Dawgs will roll baby!!! Looking for a BCS bowl this year, with the best D in the SEC!!!!

Stinger

April 3rd, 2010
6:40 pm

It will all be swept under the rug as usual. These thugs will not have to sit out any games and all 4 will get raises. I wish they would try that with me. I would punch and karate kick all 4 on their AZZ.

Mark Richt

April 3rd, 2010
6:42 pm

I can’t affor to take disciplinary action against my players. I was forced to fire Willie last year and I could be next, so I must get my players out of this mess, even if it cost me half my salary.

Bill King

April 3rd, 2010
7:25 pm

No, Shannon, that’s not what I’m saying at all. See Saturday’s blog.

Bill King

April 3rd, 2010
7:28 pm

The Lady Dogs in OT:

“If the allegations were bogus then the police would not have reported it.”

You are being ironic, right?

voice of reality

April 3rd, 2010
7:42 pm

Let’s look at the big picture.1. Has any names been released-No 2.With a team of over 70+ players;you would think that someone would spell their guts to someone(coaches,reporters). 3. Four Players- one of them by now would turn on the others to get favoritism from Mark Richt/staff. 4.WHY wait to file a police report two days later? Thousands of students out that night;they would know if four UGA football players were together out that night(somebody would have seen them).5. The food the couple said they smelled.Whereever that food was served the police have already checked for a witness.6. AS of right now NO ARREST HAVE BEEN MADE. SOooooo- let’s sit back and see what goes down. I pray it is not one of our player’s! I hope they all have common sense,but you are talking about 19yr.-21yr.olds.

LT5000

April 3rd, 2010
11:41 pm

I wonder where Bill King was when the false stories of the Tea Partiers were spitting on congressmen and calling them Ni****rs.

Plenty of video showing that didn’t occur and even Cleaver refuses to repeat the lie.

I suspect Mr. King wasn’t willing to hold his judgement at that point.

And the AJC continues to crumble.

LT5000

Big Black Man

April 4th, 2010
4:21 pm

The chicks in athens dig the big black men!!! They like it real!!!

voice of reality

April 4th, 2010
6:31 pm

The chicks in Athens dig the big and little white men!!!!!!!!! They like it real and smart!!!!!!!

voice of reality

April 4th, 2010
6:45 pm

Montez–Montez what were you thinking????? I know you were driving the Taxi the other night!

woops there it is

April 4th, 2010
6:53 pm

wow….kicked off the team because of a warrant issued Sat…..hummmmmm? wonder what that could be about? Now… about how it was all made up and a UGA player wouldn’t do that and how everyone would have to come on here and say sorry? And who was it who said remember what happened at Duke? There is no comparison between the kids that attend DUKE and thUGA. Duke would never offer to that sort of trash…thats why we got UGA.

how2fish

April 5th, 2010
9:45 am

woops there it is it wasn’t anything to do with the taxi issue..now please go away.As your not man enough to admit your wrong.

Mike

April 5th, 2010
3:36 pm

Just how long does it take to get to the bottom of this incident?