Athens police: UGA players cleared in taxi incident

Athens-Clarke County police Monday cleared the Georgia football team of involvement in an alleged March 28 attack on a married couple in an Athens taxi.

Police said in a statement that one football player was in the vehicle, “but the investigation revealed that he acted as a peacemaker and tried to calm the situation.”

The suspects in the case “have been identified as residents of Heard County,” police said. Arrest warrants are pending and further information will be released  after they are issued, police said.

Police did not identify the player they said acted as peacemaker.

The incident has been under investigation since March 30, when the married couple filed a police report. That report stated that the couple was taking a taxi van home around 2 a.m. when the driver stopped to pick up four males in downtown Athens –  “all of whom were UGA football players, according to the [male victim].” He told police that the men cursed and threatened him and his wife and that one of the four “slapped or punched” them in the back of their heads, according to the report.

Georgia’s football team did not practice Monday, and through a spokesman coach Mark Richt declined to comment immediately on the police statement clearing players of involvement.  Richt might comment on the matter Tuesday, the spokesman said.

249 comments Add your comment

Hootie Bookems

April 5th, 2010
3:45 pm

i HEARD that

GooseDawg

April 5th, 2010
3:48 pm

Where are all the Dawg haters now…imagine that, a player (a black, UGA player) acted as the PEACE-MAKER. Lord knows this web-site sure could use some peace makers!

Don'twastepisson tech

April 5th, 2010
3:48 pm

so much for all the name calling………

DawgScout

April 5th, 2010
3:52 pm

Well Bill, your caution seems vindicated.

jaglaw

April 5th, 2010
3:52 pm

Tim Tucker,

Maybe you could do an article on how a UGA player was a “peace-maker” and not a criminal, as noted by GooseDawg. College Football needs some positive articles. Can you do a positive article relating to the Dawgs????? I know your initial article on this issue was not accusatory, but will a article on the players positive actions be as long and important to you as the initial story??

GooseDawg

April 5th, 2010
3:53 pm

I say fry’em anyway. The football player was in the car with these other thugs, so what is he doing frat’n with scum?

innocent bystander

April 5th, 2010
3:53 pm

GooseDawg

April 5th, 2010
3:55 pm

jaglaw, positive articles never sell papers (or hits in this case). Ever watch the local news? How many feel-good stories make the headline news? Yeah, you get the local feel-good stories at the end of the broadcast when everyone has switched off. That’s not by accident either. Anyway, it does beg the question why the football player was hangin’ with these thugs.

Dawglasville

April 5th, 2010
3:55 pm

What is The Sporting News going to do about their initial headline? Nothing because no one reads The Sporting News.

ClassicDawg

April 5th, 2010
3:56 pm

Crow anyone????

georgiagirl

April 5th, 2010
3:57 pm

Like always the reporters jump the gun on this story before they had the facts. You done your damage now, without the facts.

gem dawg

April 5th, 2010
3:58 pm

Do you think we’ll see a retraction by Sporting News????????????…bet not. They’re only interested in spouting news, not reporting facts.

Ace

April 5th, 2010
3:59 pm

Wonder what that cost the coach ? He’s got the money.

gdawginkalamazoo

April 5th, 2010
3:59 pm

There’s the word for Mark Richt. Thank you and goodnight.

BULLDOG MAN

April 5th, 2010
4:00 pm

i said its great to be a georgia bulldog

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how2fish

April 5th, 2010
4:01 pm

Ahhhh ACE don’t go away mad just go away!

Old Dawg

April 5th, 2010
4:01 pm

GooseDawg: You’re only partially correct. The bad stories do equal rating points but it’s also easier to get the information from the police etc than working to get the stories. I made a career out of writing “good” stories and they were all widely read and I won more writing awards than I could list here.

Part of the blame should be placed squarely on the shoulders of society, it loves negative news. That’s why I haven’t watched local broadcasts in forever and I won’t go back to watching that kind of scum.

As for your question about the UGA player hanging out with folks who create problems, those kinds of things can happen at any time and with anybody… Perhaps you’ve had a similar incident in your life.

Either way, feature/life style stories are always part of the new cycle.

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JS

April 5th, 2010
4:03 pm

New players will be arrested next week – Thug City! Athens, GA!

boots

April 5th, 2010
4:03 pm

Congrats to CMR and the player’s parents for helping to develop a young man to do the right thing. And congrats to the PLAYER for being a man, a peacemaker and doing the right thing. Will the AJC and Sporting News now run a BIG headline saying “UGA Player Helps Make Peace and Avoid Trouble?” Let’s wait and see…

O'Keefe Gym Strangler

April 5th, 2010
4:04 pm

You can take the kid out of Heard County, but you can’t take Heard County out of the kid!

GooseDawg

April 5th, 2010
4:04 pm

How flattering! I now have an imposter–The REAL GooseDawg will not be commenting anymore on this article. I said what I needed to say @ 3:48PM & I’m done…the FAKE GooseDawg can pollute this page w/mindless dribble while I get back to work. Why use a fake screen name though, whoever you are, be original, get your own handle.
GOOOO DAWGS!!!

Chris

April 5th, 2010
4:05 pm

Goosedawg – You have obviously NEVER been in a taxi in Athens, have you? Taxis are Vans that carry up to 10 people at a time. Usually 3 or more separate destinations. Whenever I took a taxi at UGA I ALWAYS had others riding along that I had no idea who they were.

JS

April 5th, 2010
4:05 pm

It’s great to be a Georgia Bullthug!

Coverup

April 5th, 2010
4:06 pm

A total cover up by the athens police and uga—nice to have friends at the police!!!!

DawgGirl32

April 5th, 2010
4:07 pm

What a relief.

Anti-alternative

April 5th, 2010
4:10 pm

Posting as a Tech alumnus, I’m always glad to see anyone representing either program doing the right thing. Let programs from our bordering states embarrass themselves by not teaching discipline. I’m glad this one was a false alarm.

DawginLex

April 5th, 2010
4:12 pm

Here is to hoping that this outcome is a sign as to how the season will go. The last 2 years, these kind of things always took an ugly turn and put Coach Richt in a no win situation.

Maybe, finally, these kids are starting to listen.

Perry Mason

April 5th, 2010
4:12 pm

Don’t worry…..there will be plenty more arrests of UGA thugs over the weeks and months to come. Mark “Tan Man” Richt has lost control and the inmates (thugs) are running the asylum over in Athens. I say it sucks to be a UGA fan.

MoDawg

April 5th, 2010
4:12 pm

Coverup, please do not comment on something of which you have no clue. Anyone who has followed UGA football over the past few years knows that there are no “friends” of the Dawgs at the Athens-Clark County Police Dept.

Hopefully none of these young men were being actively recruited by UGA, and if they were, they won’t be any longer.

No coverup...

April 5th, 2010
4:13 pm

Considering the Athens police just absolutely LOVE to arrest football players for such crazy offenses as driving a scooter down the wrong side of a road, driving on suspended license or having a beer, a serious doubt this is a cover-up by the police.

Coverup?

April 5th, 2010
4:14 pm

if you know the police in athens, you know the last thing they would want is to get uga students/football players out of anything

JB

April 5th, 2010
4:14 pm

There are a bunch of folks who should now have a fine appreciation for the taste of crow.

HBTD!!!

DawginLex

April 5th, 2010
4:14 pm

Hey coverup idiot,

You must not read much news if you think the Athens police would cover up a situation with a UGA athlete.

If anything, they relish the thought of dropping the hammer early and often(i.e., riding a moped etc.).

Think before you type moron. But then again, you are nothing but a drive by hater so why should I expect anything any different?

Cherokee

April 5th, 2010
4:15 pm

Where are all of the haters now? I bet none of them will be MAN enough to apologize.

UGA Faithful

April 5th, 2010
4:15 pm

@ Coverup…you’re an idiot its always a conspiracy huh?

AltamahaDawg

April 5th, 2010
4:15 pm

Awwwww shoot. I guess tech will have to reschedule classes for tomorrow.

Cherokee

April 5th, 2010
4:17 pm

Hey PERRY MASON get off the band wagon…you are NOT wanted.

Chris

April 5th, 2010
4:18 pm

Hey Perry “wet ur diapers” mason…UGA 30 – Techies 24 – - HOORAH!

btgt69

April 5th, 2010
4:19 pm

hard to cover up all of them

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 5th, 2010
4:20 pm

I am glad the UGA player was not trying to make it a bad for himself. UGA and College Football doesn’t need this crap to continue.

chazzo

April 5th, 2010
4:20 pm

I love to tell I told you so.

Time to sue

April 5th, 2010
4:21 pm

The UGA Athletic Dept, should sue the slandering couple for lying about the football players!!!!!

DawginLex

April 5th, 2010
4:22 pm

brokeback,

The tech campus is far more dangerous than UGA.

dawgster

April 5th, 2010
4:24 pm

You want see any apologies from people who were bashing the dawgs or probably any articles to commend the young man who tried to diffuse the situation…Its a shame how many columnist and others immediately want to jump on our coaching staff for any misstep that a player may have..Thank goodness that as a parent who teaches my children right from wrong, that i’m not bashed by friends and like if one of my children do make a mistake..For all you people that want to bash Coach Richt everytime a player messes up, give him the respect and opportunity to do the right thing wiht the player, I can promise you he knows more about the player than you do and will do what is best for the university and the player..Again we should be proud to be a dawg and the good actions by this player with this situation should be applauded…

Reality

April 5th, 2010
4:24 pm

Maybe it was former GA Tech great Joe Hamilton drunk and smoking pot again. Or is Tech great Reuben Houston out on bond after running from US Marshals? Of course at Tech they just sweep it under the rug like that last rape charge against one of their football players!!!

Dawglasville

April 5th, 2010
4:24 pm

Other than the recent actions of Montez Robinson, will someone please list all of the “thug” like activities the UGA football players have been involved in over the past few years. I guess I have selective memory. (Please don’t list the Nesbitt ankle injury back in November. You lose credibility instantly).

Bill

April 5th, 2010
4:25 pm

Wasn’t there an incident a few years back surrounding an incident regarding the Duke University LaCrosse team which everyone (fueled by the media and liberal faculty members)”convicted” the young men and afterwards it all turned out NOT to be true?

Yellow Jacket man

April 5th, 2010
4:26 pm

Heard County is Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket country!!!!!