Riddle of the UGA locker-room theft solved by … Facebook?

"We're looking for players who can steal the ball. Oops, wrong word." (AJC photo by Curtis Compton)

"You recruits: I'd better not see this picture posted on Facebook." (AJC photo by Curtis Compton)

As reported by esteemed colleague Chip Towers, three arrests have been made in the theft of iPhones and iPods from Georgia’s locker room. One of those arrested is a football recruits for the year 2012

A gentle suggestion: Were I Georgia, I would no longer recruit that player.

This isn’t to prejudge guilt or innocence as defined by our legal system. Due process will take care of that. But Towers quotes UGA police chief Jimmy Williamson as saying of his investigation: “Facebook is always a big help.”

(And this works … how? Jimmy Williamson sends a suspect a “friend” request?)

If I’m Mark Richt, my new list of  guidelines for pursuing football talent would read thusly:

Rule No. 1: Do not recruit anyone who might have gotten arrested due to something posted on Facebook.

Rules No. 2-10: See Rule No. 1.

By Mark Bradley

359 comments Add your comment

Benjamin

April 18th, 2011
10:54 am

First.

And I wish this were the first stupid “scandal” for my Bull Puppies.

Mark Bradley

April 18th, 2011
10:55 am

Kudos, Benjamin.

Benjamin

April 18th, 2011
10:56 am

At least this one didn’t involve any current Bulldogs.

Even our recruits make the news, though! lol

The rest of us

April 18th, 2011
10:57 am

Any truth to the rumor they found these boys riding in the Tiger Prowl bus?

Larry Bird

April 18th, 2011
11:01 am

Did they post pics of themselves holding the stolen items or what? That is sad you can’t even trust some guys you may be recruiting to go visit the locker room and not take anything.

5150 UOAD

April 18th, 2011
11:01 am

UGA WANNA BE RECRUITS are now STEALING STUFF not just a weak college education. Keep up the GREAT work FLAGSHIP University of the STATE.
Be SCARED Cinco de Mayo is coming. Students, Teachers, and Administration will be drunk behind the wheel and walking the streets just like last year. LEEBURN keeps Athens WET to the waste-line.

jeas3

April 18th, 2011
11:02 am

Wow – it boggles my mind to think that someone would take advantage of that situation knowing that they would potentially be attending UGA on a full scholarship. Not only have they undoubtedly blown their chance at UGA, I would be surprised if ANY D1 school would give them a chance if these charges pan out.

McDawg

April 18th, 2011
11:03 am

these were Auburn recruits-very typical

Buckeye

April 18th, 2011
11:03 am

A shame for the kid Bonner. His life just took a turn. Big time.

Pardon the pun, I hope he and his posse is the only bad Apples from Carver. Regardless, puts a stain on The Annointed One II.

DwaginLex,

Not to worry, Fulmer points require that the alledged perp be in a current roster, correct?

Regardless, requires mention….a Georgia recruit, treamate of The Annointed One II, pilfering electronics from the Georgia locker room.

Can’t make this crapola up.

Pray for his Mama.

CHARLOTTE DAWG

April 18th, 2011
11:05 am

Did those idiots want an offer from UGA even though they stole from current players? Can you say beat down?

Obviously they were not interested in UGA and disrespected everybody with their actions.

Solution: Let them commit to Auburn or UT and then get the players on the field they stole from. Problem will probably be solved in 3 plays.

It is so sad that the majority of high profile athletes have such questionable character. These boys just happened to get caught.

5$ Dawg

April 18th, 2011
11:06 am

I’m betting this one is going to 10 pages of comments…

Pepe Frias

April 18th, 2011
11:08 am

Honey Badger don’t care…

DawginLex

April 18th, 2011
11:08 am

Is is correct that one of the players was identified incorrectly? He has a twin brother that did the deed?

SouthGaBrave

April 18th, 2011
11:08 am

Mark,

Chip updated the article. Only one player (Bonner) was involved supposedly. The Hawkins that was arrested was actually the twin brother of the Carver quarterback. The arrested twin is not a potential recruit.

WFEq

April 18th, 2011
11:10 am

These kids are now Auburn bound. This is how we get them. Nobody wants to play for Auburn initially but when they are regarded as trouble we step in and scarf them up. We are the best team in the SEC and country.

Nerds! Nerds! Nerds!

April 18th, 2011
11:11 am

$5 million says they still sign with an SEC school. My money is on Auburn.

no more football

April 18th, 2011
11:11 am

and now they are all kicked off the Carver football team. What a way to end your football career.

Buckeye

April 18th, 2011
11:12 am

NCAA Update: Recruits/Student Athletes shall require prook of purchase of IPhones, IPads and proof of purchase of monthly service bills to ensure such electronics are paid for by the families, not the institution, their boosters or affiliates.

Perhaps The Annointed One ( not tobe confused with The Annointed One II) could provide IPhones and IPads for all making less than $250,000.

Think of it. Tweets for all. Facebook for all. Apples stock price goes through the roof for the Rich, ATT and Verizon increase subscribers and thus the CWA Union continues to expand. Beautiful.

Is this a great Country or what??

5150 UOAD

April 18th, 2011
11:12 am

WHY didn’t TIM TUCKER open comments? Does HE know the WORLD that is not the dawg nation will call out RICHT again for bringing in Miami and FSU type players?

Mark Bradley

April 18th, 2011
11:13 am

I have now updated, as per Chip’s update. Only one of those arrested has been identified as a recruit.

Dawghater

April 18th, 2011
11:13 am

UGA should keep these kids on the recruiting wish list. They will fit in perfectly at UGA. Right in line with the class of kid UGA normally recruits.

Nerds! Nerds! Nerds!

April 18th, 2011
11:14 am

Mark

Whats up with this article? You could have written that on the blog on your other article. Also, tell all your comrades to quit printing the VICTIMS names on this joke of a website.

RxDawg

April 18th, 2011
11:14 am

Rule #1 is don’t recruit someone who stole for their future teammates. Please tell me UGA is going to drop these guys like a rock?

gdawginkalamazoo

April 18th, 2011
11:15 am

I heard they drove off in a PRIUS. Isn’t that the official get away car of the UT Volunteers?

It Ain't Rocket Science

April 18th, 2011
11:15 am

I guess these ummmm recruits (?) were only being recruited by UGA? Give it a break. There are bad apples in every corner of life. They just happened to find the store open (locker room), and went shopping while they were there. Since they were at best, possibly UGA DAWGS in the future, I doubt it had gotten to the stage where any background investigations had even been done on them.
5$ DAWG, I would bet you are right and most of the comments will be negative and without basis. Gives them something to do in thier life and they think it makes them important. Legends in thier own minds.

Dawghater

April 18th, 2011
11:15 am

RzDawg, these kids just went to the top of UGA recruiting list.

Asdf

April 18th, 2011
11:16 am

I don’t know, something tells me at least one of these guys will end up at Tenn/Aub/Ala anyway. I’m sure some of the current UGA players who had their iPods stolen would love to get a crack at them on the field…

RxDawg

April 18th, 2011
11:16 am

“I would be surprised if ANY D1 school would give them a chance if these charges pan out.”

Well don’t be. Chizik is probably on the phone with em now.

DawginLex

April 18th, 2011
11:16 am

Dawghater, you are stupid enough to believe that Georgia was the only school recruiting them?

Some of you idiots are too stupid to be alive.

SSIgator

April 18th, 2011
11:16 am

Mark -

In your other article “the shakedown cruise has ended” was that a lead-in for this article in which ” the shakedown cruise has ended” obviously continues in Athens?

Buckeye

April 18th, 2011
11:17 am

From The Columbus Ledger….

Bonner (5-foot-11, 170 pounds) is a highly recruited defensive back with scholarship offers from a long list of schools including Georgia, Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Miami, South Carolina and Southern California. Bonner and the two others from Columbus were on a recruiting visit at Georgia on April 7 when the thefts took place, according to police

Read more: http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2011/04/18/1543656/two-carver-football-players-unnamed.html#ixzz1Jt80eOiH

AltamahaDawg

April 18th, 2011
11:18 am

So I’m guessing the Carver coaches aren’t going to be bringing up that little misunderstanding from a couple of years ago, ever again.

Draggin' Fly

April 18th, 2011
11:18 am

Check the lockers at Clempson. Bonner was there for the Orange and White game on April 11th.

Choke

April 18th, 2011
11:19 am

See, this is a sign from God that Lakatos was right. We should only be recruiting DBs who are 6′0″ and up. When you go after guys who are 5′11″, no matter how highly touted they are, this kind of stuff happens.

In gest, of course. . .

Mark Bradley

April 18th, 2011
11:19 am

No, it wasn’t, SSIgator.

And I’m not sure we can lump this with the other UGA follies of recent years. The recruit arrested wasn’t a Georgia Bulldog. He isn’t even a high school senior.

RxDawg

April 18th, 2011
11:19 am

Rule #1 is don’t recruit someone who stole from* their future teammates.

D A DoubleU G

April 18th, 2011
11:19 am

My god people…….

Look at the LOOOOOOONG list of teams recruiting Bonner……

Those who want to spin this into a “Mark Richt is only recruiting thugs” story sound ignorant as sh–.

Choke

April 18th, 2011
11:19 am

Buckeye

April 18th, 2011
11:19 am

Funny, looking at that list, uGA looks like Miss Goody Two Shoes ( New Shoes in the case of FSU).

DawginLex

April 18th, 2011
11:20 am

SSI,

you better worry about your own lousy team for 2011

6-6
lose to UT at home
Weis and Muschamp start arguing
Brantley benched for Murphy
lose to Bama,LSU,UGA,SC and FSU
Weis fired
foley calls Muschamp hire “questionable”
foley privately calls Mrs Meyer and begs her to let Urban come back
2012 recruits change commitments as florida is perceived to be in shambles

North Ave. Trade School fan

April 18th, 2011
11:21 am

The GIFT that just keeps on GIVING, UGA football. This is almost to hard to believe. Certainly I DO NOT blame CMR. Lets just quitely mark this “fine young man” off the list of perspective DAWGS. Hey, maybe Southern Cal would give them a look. Lame Kitten / USC could be a fit.

NOBODYYOUKNOW

April 18th, 2011
11:21 am

I would be willing to bet you these kids grew up in a home raised by a single mother. No father around. No discipline. No respect. How low can you get. Get invited to a great university and steal from them. Awful!

D A DoubleU G

April 18th, 2011
11:21 am

Mark Bradley,

I really wish you and the ajc would adopt more strict polities to ban the obvious trolls.

SSIgator

April 18th, 2011
11:21 am

“And I’m not sure we can lump this with the other UGA follies of recent years. The recruit arrested wasn’t a Georgia Bulldog. He isn’t even a high school senior.”

And yet they still gravitate to Athens. Coincidence?

BobbyLee

April 18th, 2011
11:22 am

it doesn’t matter anymore (it matters to me, but not to the world). you can lie, cheat and steal and win the Heisman. you can mis-behave off the field to the point of being kicked off the Dogs but still start at QB for LSU. I personally think it all became ok when President Clinton looked us all in the eye on national tv and lied about having sex with his fat girlfriend. in the oval office.

1eyedJack

April 18th, 2011
11:23 am

DawginLex, see that’s the problem. In days of yore we used to have lions and bears and wolves and whatnot to weed out the idiots. Now we have no natural means of culling the population, therefore they are breeding.

Asdf

April 18th, 2011
11:24 am

And “nerds!” – what’s the matter, you don’t like the first amendment? The only victim names shielded by news agencies are victims of sexual assault. You must get angry every day…

DawginLex

April 18th, 2011
11:24 am

That’s right bobbyLee.

Auburn-National title and obviously cheated
UCONN-national title with a coach who is going to serve a suspension next year for cheating

i’m hoping that one day, the NCAA is either out of business or somehow, a coach who runs a clean program actually wins something.

DawginLex

April 18th, 2011
11:25 am

DawginLex

April 18th, 2011
11:16 am
Dawghater, you are stupid enough to believe that Georgia was the only school recruiting them?

Some of you idiots are too stupid to be alive.

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Gravitate to Athens? i repeat above for you as well.

DawginLex

April 18th, 2011
11:26 am

above for SSIgator