UGA pledge Christian LeMay gets 30-day suspension, plans appeal

Butler High quarterback Christian LeMay will transfer to a private school if his disciplinary appeal is unsuccessful.

Butler High quarterback Christian LeMay may be forced to transfer to a private school if his disciplinary appeal is unsuccessful.

University of Georgia-bound quarterback Christian LeMay has been suspended from North Carolina’s Butler High School for 30 days for an undisclosed school system rules infraction allegedly committed toward the end of spring semester.

However, the LeMay family is appealing the recent ruling by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) and his father insists the eventual outcome will not impact his son’s ability enroll at UGA and play football for the Bulldogs.

If LeMay’s appeal is unsuccessful he may transfer to a private school to complete high school, his father said.

“The original ruling has him reassigned to a CMS alternative school for 30 days,” Pastor Stacy LeMay said late Tuesday. “We are hoping for a more favorable outcome with the hopes of attending Butler, along with his brother [Uriah] and teammates. . . . However, if the ruling is not overturned we would be forced to pursue other options that would best enhance his future goals.”

An out-of-school suspension of 30 days was the maximum punishment for the infraction. The exact nature of the violation has never been revealed. Mr. LeMay emphasized that “it did not involve drugs, weapons or any form of violence.”

Initially a disciplinary hearing was held at the CMS offices in Charlotte on June 14th and a decision was expected to come within seven to 10 days. But the deliberation extended beyond that and now Mr. LeMay says a “final outcome” is not expected until “the end of August.”

Meanwhile, LeMay is unable to practice with the Butler High football team or participate in any school activities. And now his family has broken the silence they’ve maintained since the news of his alleged infraction was broken by the Charlotte Observer on June 11th.

On Tuesday, Stacy LeMay agreed to answer questions from the AJC about his son’s disciplinary travails provided that they were submitted via email and as long as his answers would appear in their entirety. I agreed to those conditions.

On the impending appeal: “We are expecting a more favorable outcome than originally determined. We are hopeful that CMS will be more reasonable, understanding and not maintain the original severe ruling for such a youthful infraction. Christian has been a model young man and has not had as much as a lunch detail in his school history. If we all lost our license for a first offense speeding violation there would not be many drivers on the road.”

On whether the suspension would prevent Christian from enrolling in college: “Rest assured that the infraction is not one that should cause any school that was recruiting Christian to be concerned. Again, it does not involve drugs, weapons, or any form of violence that would make him a threat to any college campus. He is the same Christian LeMay everyone knows and loves who made a youthful, unwise decision that is currently being judged with an overkill ruling.”

On their dealings with Georgia: “Nothing has changed concerning his plans to attend Georgia this coming spring. He is highly anticipating being a Bulldog and embracing the quality coaching and mentorship from the UGA coaching staff. He has received great support from UGA recruits and they all look forward to seeing him at ‘Dawg Night.’”

On Christian’s response/reaction: “He has certainly experienced disappointment in himself since the infraction. It also hurts him to not be able to be out on the field with his teammates preparing to defend their state championship. However, he has come to resolve that life and his playing days are not over and that his best days are in front of him. This hardship experience is actually increasing his faith and causing him to grow all the more as a mature man of God. We all go through times in which our faith commitment must stand trial. After confessing and forsaking his error he is moving forward and standing like a Champion.”

Stacy LeMay then issued this statement:

“Christian, his mother and I are very thankful for all the emails and encouraging comments from all across the nation. To everyone who reads this article, I would ask you to consider: If every youthful error you made was written up in an article, how large would the article be? If they were all placed on the news, how long would the video run? Thank you for your prayers for our family. Christian will rebound from this incident and reclaim his path to a great and successful destiny.”

LeMay completed 68.5 percent of his passes for 3,296 yards and 44 touchdowns with just two interceptions in leading Butler (15-0) to the North Carolina Class 4A state championship last fall. He chose the Bulldogs from a list of 35 scholarship offers in late April, including finalists Auburn, Clemson, Notre Dame and Texas A&M.

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dooley

July 7th, 2010
3:07 am

college is forever

July 7th, 2010
4:40 am

http://www.collegelunchboxes.com Remember the good old days when we use to comment on the team and how Willie had to go, etc… I sure miss those days. Check out the UGA retro classic tin lunchbox, Go Dawgs!!!

big buz

July 7th, 2010
5:02 am

He should fit right in with the party people at athens.Players, fans, staff, they all fall in together. Sprinkle some beer cans and whisky bottles around campus, and you have the perfect set up.

ugakev

July 7th, 2010
5:23 am

looks like lemay knows how to score on and off the field . Sounds normal to me . Good for you lemay if thats the worst you can do then you will be alright . Go dawgs!!!

Dusty

July 7th, 2010
5:38 am

Why not early enrollment @UGA?

Lowcountry Bulldawg

July 7th, 2010
6:24 am

Have no issue here, but I almost feel like cringing when I go to the AJC sports page here lately. Its not a good feeling.

Dawg4life

July 7th, 2010
6:32 am

Big Buzz- I would rather have beer cans and whiskey bottles littered around campus instead of a sausage party with crackheads, bums, and terrorists… Be prepared dawg fans. The techies won’t be able to relate to this situation because they haven’t had any vag since vag had them.

tony

July 7th, 2010
6:34 am

He will bring bad luck to the program and I said this before all this stuff came out. His teammates don’t even celebrate with him after a touchdown so that should tell you something about that young man. Something just ain’t right about this kid. Let him play for another college we have Nick Marshall.

TheTaxJacket

July 7th, 2010
6:35 am

What a hypocrite this kid is. He’ll fit in nicely in Richt’s program.

(((( 45-42 ))))

Hal Combo

July 7th, 2010
6:36 am

What kind of private school will take a student from any other school and not take a 30 day suspension into account? How could said school keep its accreditation? NC schools must be worse than GA schools, if possible! And what kind of “minister” and father would help his son bypass his punishment? The ends justify the means doesn’t seem like the Christian thing to do>

put up a fence around ga

July 7th, 2010
6:57 am

He can Transfer to Stephenson we will take him in a heartbeat.

Topp Dogg

July 7th, 2010
7:00 am

Christian and Damon both got caught playing with girls something not done at GT where its all boy on boy action.

JW

July 7th, 2010
7:04 am

Please thank Pastor Lemay for the interview. I know he has raised a good son, and will help guide him through this situation so that he grows from it and becomes a stronger leader. I look forward to seeing him in the Red n Black. Let him know that most of the posters on this site are jealous Haters and did not have Mother’s who taught them Manners!

Jan Kemp

July 7th, 2010
7:10 am

Tech people will always be jealeous of Georgia! Keep recruiting Pakistan and India real hard! Who knows..

JB

July 7th, 2010
7:10 am

He’s a kid. He made a mistake. One that’s obviously not that big of a deal. Gee, that never happens!!! Anyway, he seems to have good parents and this will pass.

“LeMay completed 68.5 percent of his passes for 3,296 yards and 44 touchdowns with just two interceptions”

Now, I’m still amazed at these stats and I think any negative comments posted here are out of fear and/or envy. That said, we hate it for those that post such things. :-)

HBTD!!!

Sanity

July 7th, 2010
7:11 am

You guys ever think that he got caught cheating on tests?

hypocrite ajc

July 7th, 2010
7:11 am

Why is it when a player or recruit from the north ave trade school gets suspended, the ajc won’t allow comments from fans?

tiger7_88

July 7th, 2010
7:14 am

Kid ought to fit right in at the thUGa! I wonder if red panties were somehow involved in his suspendable offense?

CharlotteDawg

July 7th, 2010
7:16 am

Not defending whatever this kid did, but CMS Schools are Horrible! I have never in my life seen a school system this messed up. These guys are getting a ton of my tax money and they waste it on stupid things and they make some stupid decisions. Makes Ga Schools look Great!

Sleeze

July 7th, 2010
7:22 am

High fives to Top Dogg and Otis the Drunk. You guys are hilarious.

Dawg Dog

July 7th, 2010
7:22 am

Why are we questioning the school? If the kid did the crime, he should do the time. This is a good lesson in life. You wouldn’t want your teenage daughter acting like this would you.

techorist roommate

July 7th, 2010
7:36 am

red panties?! ewww! i’d much rather have Keith Brooking’s used gym shorts after a tough workout! Mmmmmmmmm I miss that smell!

Buck is Blue

July 7th, 2010
7:40 am

My day is centered around what 17 and 18 year old young men do. Hmmm………..maybe a little Freudian?

BUZZ ME

July 7th, 2010
7:41 am

Acting like a true dawg already. How does a guy like Richt recruit such low character kids?

Asylum13

July 7th, 2010
7:42 am

Is it not just hilarious that techies still post 45-42 from the one win they have……

Lance

July 7th, 2010
7:44 am

Just think if he was a Tech recruit he would have been suspended for messing around with Flagboy.

gadawgs

July 7th, 2010
7:44 am

Dude is just used to scoring on and off the field is all. I want that type attitude from my QB!!. In all seriousness who cares? He is a good kid who made a mistake. You name me any high profile qb or any high profile player in the country who is or has not done the same thing (yes even on campus). Heck name me any hetero males period that haven’t had some type of “activity” on school grounds. Heck I would have been suspended for longer than that if I had got caught. He will learn from this and it will make him a better person and leader for our program. For those who have not sinned….just sayin’

Paddy

July 7th, 2010
7:48 am

Some one tell that father he is not in church giving a sermon. Pls shut up Rev,for gosh sakes. You make my head hurt! E-mails from all around the country, yea, right.

BULLDOGMANIAC

July 7th, 2010
7:48 am

Keep your head up and we can’t wait to see you in Athens!

techorist roommate

July 7th, 2010
7:51 am

i’m a wamblin wreck from georgia tech and a helluva freakin queeeeer! a helluva helluva helluva helluva helluva freakin queeeer! just like my roommate flagboy, i take it up the rear! i’m a wamblin wreck from georgia tech and a helluva freakin queeeeer!

Jimdawg

July 7th, 2010
7:56 am

UGA should let him go. We don’t need anymore troublemakers.

collegeballfan

July 7th, 2010
7:57 am

I believe the father is showing his son how to beat the system. Tough love would require that the kid take his punishment and learn from his mistake. Now he will learn that if you make a mistake, just beat the system to get out of it.

The kid can enroll in another school, complete his high school degree and still get a college grant. He does not need to compete his senior season.

devildawgnc

July 7th, 2010
8:03 am

I’ve heard how discombobulated CMS can be, but in a situation like this, the best Christian response for Christian is probably to take it quietly. There are results to your actions, even if they were “youthful,” as his father put it. If one sin can keep you out of heaven, surely it can keep you off the football field for a month. I still think the punishment sounds unreasonably strict, but “grin and bear it” is likely a more important lesson than “frown and appeal it.”

We_Run_This_Country

July 7th, 2010
8:04 am

Congratulations to U(sic)GA….you are the 2010 Fulmer Cup Champs!!!

leland

July 7th, 2010
8:05 am

Paddy–right on! Towers simply turned the blog over to the fatuous fool..

North Ave. Trade School fan

July 7th, 2010
8:08 am

Sounds like the Bulldogs picked a fine replacement for the the “Zackmiester”. I’m sure it’s the first trouble he’s EVER been in.The gifts just keep coming from you guys. I wonder what will happen when the truth about all those back-kennel abortions hits the fan. Word on the street is uga has a “thing” for Border Collies and the family is trying to keep under raps.

Scott

July 7th, 2010
8:09 am

Sounds pretty serious if you say you will transfer to another school. Typical uga recruit. Always breaking the law, rules or someones neck.

Dr. Evil

July 7th, 2010
8:09 am

Christian was just trying to get an early start on playing between the hedges. Hope she was wearing red panties.

Dixie Clear

July 7th, 2010
8:09 am

he’ll fit right in at UGA!…. LOSER!!!!

Frank

July 7th, 2010
8:13 am

And uga fans wonder why their program is in chaos.

Vick=Dog killing thug

July 7th, 2010
8:16 am

Hang in there Christian. Learn from your mistake and be the better man for you. Bulldawg nation is behind you 100% Ignore the haters as they will always be there.

That Guy

July 7th, 2010
8:16 am

Obviously, the kid did SOMETHING that the school system deemed against the rules that he’s now being punished for. What’s amazing is that the righteous father thinks his kid is above the law because of who he is. Just another pampered HS athlete that has always been catered to.

What’s the old man really teaching his kid? He’ll fit in just fine at UGA. It’s going to be more of a circus than it already is in Athens. The pockets are going to need to be really deep to keep this kid and his old man quiet before it’s all said and done.

They say ole Ed is not on retainer, but….

Idiots

July 7th, 2010
8:19 am

First off, all the people with “Dawg” in their names, that are saying negative things about CL, arent UGA fans at all. We arent stupid. Secondly, tech nerds, you have ZERO right to say ANYTHING about criminals, whether they be students or just the ones that hang out on your campus. When is the last time you had a hit and run from a UGA player? When is the last time a UGA player sold pot? When is the last time a UGA player was caught on Steroids? When is the last time our coach came out publicly about not getting his prize recruit like Fish Fry did? You nerds are incredibly ignorant. Go back to your cubicle. Now.

Bremen Dawg

July 7th, 2010
8:21 am

If he wasn’t a athelete, then all of this would be sweep under a rug at the school. Maybe a few days in ISS and that would be it.

Bremen Dawg

July 7th, 2010
8:23 am

To everyone who reads this article, I would ask you to consider: If every youthful error you made was written up in an article, how large would the article be? If they were all placed on the news, how long would the video run?

Ugh, about 8-10 hr video and I wouldn’t be allowed in public anymore. LOL

Not Going To Use My Usual Name

July 7th, 2010
8:32 am

@Sanity–that’s the first thing I thought, that it was some kind of cheating or plagiarism issue. I agree with those who are saying that the dad is setting a terrible Christian example for his son. Romans 13:1, dude. It’s not like someone’s trying to kill the kid; it’s merely a 30 day suspension. Treating him like a little princess who shouldn’t face consequences can’t help him.

joe

July 7th, 2010
8:35 am

I wonder if the panties he removed from his GF during his roll in the hay on the school’s campus were red…see a trend here?? I predict there will be at least 5,000 red panties at the S. Carolina game in Sept.

BirdDog

July 7th, 2010
8:35 am

Hey Frank, how about a nice big cup of shut the f*** up? Who are you to speak for UGA fans? As a fan, I don’t think for a second that our program is in “chaos”. So stick to something you know about, like calculus nerd!

BigTimeTECHFan

July 7th, 2010
8:36 am

Hang in there Christian. Learn from your mistake and be the better man for you. Jacket nation is behind you 100% Ignore the haters as they will always be there.

We GT fan just want to beat you on game day!

techies beat dey hos

July 7th, 2010
8:38 am

Techies don’t serve dey hos, they just smack them up like Robert Hall.