ADDS STATEMENT (6:45 P.M.)
The family of UGA quarterback pledge Christian LeMay issued a statement Monday evening admitting their son had made some sort of mistake but pledging support for him as he faces disciplinary action from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board.
LeMay, the No. 2 quarterback prospect in the nation per Scout.com, faces a suspension of as many to 30 days for an unknown violation of the school system’s “code of conduct,” according to the Charlotte Observer. LeMay had a hearing before a disciplinary tribunal Monday morning in Charlotte.
The statement written by LeMay’s father, The Rev. Stacy LeMay, did not shed any light on the nature of his son’s disciplinary situation but acknowledged that his son had made some sort of mistake.
In part, the statement said: “Sometimes, despite all the teachings and training, there comes a time in every individual’s life in which they are faced with choices. In a perfect world our children would always make right choices. However, reality says sometimes they may make a decision that is unwise and youthful in nature. Recently, Christian, in a momentary lapse in good judgment, yielded to an out-of-character decision that he is not proud of. Like many of us, we are sure, he will look back on this time with regret as well as having gained a valuable learned experience.”
Mr. LeMay again declined to specify the nature of his son’s alleged violation.
In an exchange of text messages earlier Monday afternoon, the elder LeMay said “the hearing went well” and said his son is “taking the high road and handling adversity as classy as he has always been known to.” He said his son had to “duck cameras” to attend the hearing.
Any suspension would likely result in LeMay missing games as Butler’s starting quarterback this fall. However, it will depend on the severity of the offense whether it would impact his admission to UGA. Admissions officials review all applications on a case-by-case basis.
LeMay is on track to graduate after fall semester and planned to enroll at UGA in January.
Georgia has had signees denied admission under head coach Mark Richt, including Michael Grant, who ended up at Arkansas, and Jamar Chaney, who eventually enrolled at Mississippi State. Both players went on to graduate from those schools.
Facing any disciplinary action is a surprising development for LeMay, an ‘A’ student who is routinely lauded for his leadership skills on and off the field at Butler. His father is pastor and founder of his own church, Champion Christian Center in Charlotte. LeMay often espouses Christian morals and values in most of his comments about sports and the recruiting process.
A rising senior at Butler High School in Matthews, N.C., LeMay committed to the Bulldogs on April 30. He is considered one of the best quarterback prospects in America. As a junior he passed for more than 3,000 yards with 44 touchdowns and only two interceptions in leading Butler to an undefeated season and the Class 4A state championship. He was named North Carolina’s Player of the Year.
In full, the statement from Stacy LeMay reads:
“We would first like to thank so many of you who have shown your love, support and rendered prayers for our family at this time. The overwhelming outpouring of community affection has been tremendous. Christian is the oldest of our four children and as parents we could not have asked nor designed a more special young man then himself. He has for 17 years lead by example and done remarkably well with the responsibility. We truly believe that children are a joy and one of the most precious gifts we could ever receive from God.
“Yet sometimes, despite all the teachings and training there comes a time in every individuals life in which they are faced with choices. In a perfect world our children would always make right choices. However, reality says sometimes they may make a decision that is unwise and youthful in nature. Recentlym Christian, in a momentary lapse in good judgment, yielded to an out-of-character decision that even he is not proud of. Like many of us, we are sure, he will look back on this time with regret as well as having gained a valuable learned experience.
“For seventeen years Christian has been a model child, exemplary student and a wonderful asset to his community. He has been giving, encouraging others, loving and honoring to all who know him. We are standing with our Son to provide love and support and to insure his successful progression from this point. We would also like to thank CMS for their student care and academic concern towards this matter. We trust that Christian will emerge stronger from this experience and regain the faith of all his supporters. We thank all of you for your continued prayers and are believing for the best.”
The LeMay Family