Richt on taxi incident: ‘I hope in the future people just reserve their opinions’

ATHENS — At his post-practice meeting with reporters Tuesday night, Georgia coach Mark Richt reacted at length to Monday’s statement by Athens-Clarke County police that UGA football players were not involved in an alleged March 28 attack on a married couple in an Athens taxi van. Police said the only UGA player in the cab acted as a peacemaker.

Richt’s reaction:

“I’m just glad that it all came out and that none of our guys were a problem. . . . The thing that is hard to take is just all the time and all the speculation and everybody just assuming it was our guys and assuming they would do these things.

“That’s just the thing about the Internet and police reports and all that kind of thing. It’s hard for anybody to really know what the reality is, but your mind starts racing and you start assuming things that may or may not be true. . . .

“That [why] the first time [reporters] asked me about it, I was, like, ‘I don’t want to underreact, I don’t want to overreact, because I really don’t know.’ Even me as a coach, I could assume that thing is true and get all bent out of shape and make myself crazy. But then on the other hand you don’t want to act like there’s not a possibility it could be. You don’t want to underreact or overreact. . . .

“I’m just thankful the news came out the way it did. . . . Let’s say it had taken another week or two. Who knows how much longer people would be forming their opinions on our guys when, in fact, they weren’t involved in this? That’s just kind of the way it goes. . . .

“I just hope that as much time as everybody spent reporting that, I hope they spend as much time reporting it was not our guys. If anything, somebody [the player who police said acted as a peacemaker] was trying to help out some people who needed help. . . . I hope in the future people just reserve their opinions and their posts and whatever they may have and just wait until you find all the information before you start throwing stones, you know.”

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262 comments Add your comment

cb

April 6th, 2010
9:35 pm

first, amen brother.

Popi

April 6th, 2010
9:46 pm

I just have a nagging feeling that we haven’t heard the full story.

Time will tell.

td

April 6th, 2010
9:46 pm

Let me add what you really wanted to say coach: I wish all these people that do not know their A** from a hole in the ground would just shut the F*** up and mind their own damn business.

SE GA LADY

April 6th, 2010
9:46 pm

You know the AJC is the first to criticize UGA and Tech is second to do so. You’ll never get apologies from either of them.

If I had money....

April 6th, 2010
9:47 pm

I don’t understand why anyone would jump to a conclusion????
2nd

Thirty Points To Your Twenty-Four Points

April 6th, 2010
9:56 pm

{{{{{30-24}}}}}

Just Sayin’

Greene Hornet

April 6th, 2010
9:59 pm

A very good tempered comment from the coach. I hope the players appreciate it and show that in practice and on the field with their play.

dixie

April 6th, 2010
10:02 pm

don’t worry, more arrests coming soon!

Bright Idea

April 6th, 2010
10:03 pm

This comes with the times but the internet makes it really bad, especially the AJC headlines. Clearly the folks at the AJC have been instructed to write them with a negative slant. That’s what attracts the mice! Many folks won’t read past the first sentence of the story before they are commenting.

Jimmy

April 6th, 2010
10:07 pm

Let’s see coach, you get paid millions a year because it’s FANS(like the morons who have been formulating opinions and posting them on blogs like these) who pay your salary. So if I were you I would appologize to them and be on my merry way.

Coaches and athletes love the money they make, but when it comes to hearing from the fans(as stupid and misinformed as their opinions can be) who pay their salaries they want no part in it. You can’t have it both ways coach.

merbertmoover

April 6th, 2010
10:08 pm

i think it was members of the tennis team, just using uga football players as a scapegoat, you know what im sayin?

Reuben Houston

April 6th, 2010
10:09 pm

Taxi incident? Thats nothing, I.ve got a 150 lbs of dope in my trunk.

Randy McMichael

April 6th, 2010
10:16 pm

And a recent member of this year’s team is still in jail….

Thanks for the input, Reuben!

Cherokee

April 6th, 2010
10:17 pm

Jimmy…my guess is that most of the people that post on here are not season ticket holders. Which would mean they don’t donate money to the Hartman Fundor the athletics dept so no they do not pay his salary.

Where there's smoke there's fire!

April 6th, 2010
10:20 pm

You sound a little uptight Markie. The incident was reported because it was more than likely true. Guess you lucked out on this one. It’s only a matter of time before the story is actually true. Team is a bunch of degenerates.

acstas87dawg

April 6th, 2010
10:24 pm

Hopefully in the future, stories like these will be false more often.
Face it fellow dawg fans, that FSU influence in Richt has led to an grossly unacceptable level of arrests and legal troubles.
What is the point of winning when your team is a bunch of outlaws?

Joe Hamilton

April 6th, 2010
10:32 pm

Houston…um…you holdin??

paul

April 6th, 2010
10:38 pm

Amen, preach it Coach Richt.

Some people like to throw them old stones.

Look Alive

April 6th, 2010
10:40 pm

It seems as if the vultures that get on these blogs are very disappointed that there is no bad news just good news from this ajc blog. I bet they have their beak up their arse trying to find something dirty. Just look in a mirror and you will find all the vermin you are looking for. cheer up guys there is plenty of bad news around the country can you say the recently passed health care debacle.

Old Dawg

April 6th, 2010
10:52 pm

At least CMR didn’t threaten any sports writers that they’d lose their ability to cover the team like someone we all know and don’t love. It’s difficult taking the high road with a situation like this, but CMR displayed a lot of class, unlike the special someone in Florida, whom we all know and don’t love.

Reality

April 6th, 2010
10:53 pm

How many problems can Richt sweep under the rug? How many players of his will be “falsely” accused? What other group of guys get into so much trouble – and then suddenly they are innocent?

UGA is now officially worse than FSU or Miami in terms of players wannabe thugs.

Slim

April 6th, 2010
10:53 pm

UGA will only win two games this year. Mark it down! Georgia is on its way down…..

A...Blank

April 6th, 2010
10:55 pm

someone should demand an apology from “The sporting News” that rag was all over the story and printed an article about UGA players basically made them guilty from the beginning

Iraq Dawg.... HOOAH!

April 6th, 2010
10:56 pm

Amen coach….. HOOAH!

UGA Alumnus

April 6th, 2010
11:02 pm

Jimmy you don’t pay our Coaches salary, I do with my donations to the athletic association, my ticket purchases, and the enourmous amount of apparel I buy every year. You should worry about your sorry coach, Paul “Man Boobs” Johonson! The people who do pay CMR’s salary are, for the most part, extremely happy with the integrity and honor he brings to our program. Most of the Klans man who were posting their ignorant comments on the AJC blogs about this situation are not contibuting to our Athletic Departments 6 million dollar surplus. I’m sorry Tech’s is going bankrupt!

UGA Alumnus

April 6th, 2010
11:04 pm

The Sporting News should be sued for slander!

Reality

April 6th, 2010
11:13 pm

I never get in trouble because my mom makes me be at home by 10:30 pm each night, including weekends. I can then wake up every morning and vent my fustration by writing on any BLOG about UGA. I hate UGA and my life so much that I live for these moments.

col fot

April 6th, 2010
11:14 pm

you can bet techie tucker will not let it die[ taxi cab incident at Georgia], he wants to slam the university Georgia players any way he can. What bull…. reporting. What he needs to focus on is academic fraud, drugs and weapons at that school on North Avenue, but he won’t, because he hates Georgia to much. Who the hell allowed him to do Georgia reporting anyway?

Where there's smoke there's fire!

April 6th, 2010
11:17 pm

I guess what I am saying is crime is a lot worse around the gt campus than is being reported.

UGA Alumnus

April 6th, 2010
11:19 pm

Slim, if we do only win two games you can bet that one of them will be against the North Avenue Nerds! Mark that down!

Popi

April 6th, 2010
11:21 pm

My mistake, that nagging feeling I was talking abot was (((((30-24)))).

DollarDawg43

April 6th, 2010
11:30 pm

It is interesting to see the number of posters here who have no connection to UGA and/or are not fans or supporters of the program. For those who continue to wish the football program was in decline: sorry, not happening, we are headed the other way. Yeah, we had a bit of a down year last season but we started another winning streak against our in-state rival and will win another seven out of ten, just like we have done for the last four decades or so. We also addressed personnel changes relative to the coaching staff and we will see immediate improvement there.

For the other segment that somehow believes March Richt is on thin ice at UGA: More errant wishful thinking. I won’t lie and write that I am a major contributor but I know several who are and am fortunate to attend many functions and games with them (I’m a third generation UGA man and a consistent contributor but not one at that level). The vast majority of these folks are extremely satisfied with Coach Richt so, if you are concerned with his future employment possibilities, please put that thought out of your mind and go worry about something else. This one you can check off the list.

HanDAWG

April 6th, 2010
11:39 pm

Coach Mark Richt is great man first and football coach second. http://www.bighairyblawg.com

rekingball

April 6th, 2010
11:55 pm

LCDawg

April 6th, 2010
11:57 pm

The “tech” fans who post on here are pathetic. Go to your own sad little blog world and cry about how playng UGA isn’t fair…blah, blah, blah

rekingball

April 7th, 2010
12:02 am

Info for some of the idiots on this rag. You’re innocent until proven guilty.
10:24pm post — Congratulations, you win the MORON OF THE NIGHT award for-CMR has brought criminal influence from FSU.

Ramma Bama

April 7th, 2010
12:11 am

Richt’s program is out of control with all these stories, peacemakers at 2AM in taxis, arrests, etc. He needs to call Nick Saban for advice on how to run a clean program and win national titles. Look for title #14 next season—Bama’s better than ever! Their offense is loaded, D is filled with top talent and no team in the SEC can match up—mark it down—bama wins it all again!!!

BuLLdawg

April 7th, 2010
12:26 am

Should we all reserve all of our opinions on this Number 90 arrest / suspension of a Georgia Bulldogs’ Football Player in the Coach Richt Era, without so much as an explanation how 4 were picked up by the Taxi and 1 of them an UGA Football Player ?

It remains not a pretty picture for a football program who has lost 10 of the last 20 games vs SEC East teams, while leading the nation in interceptions, fumbles and penalties the last 4 consecutive seasons as well.

It does not exclude the 2 arrests of 2 Georgia Bulldogs’ Football Players since Spring Practice began, including picking a girl up and repeatedly throwing her to the ground April 2 – after 2 previous arrests by the same Georgia Bulldogs’ Football Player. This included beating up the University of Georgia coed the first time October 20. You suspended him for Shreveport Bowl Game. Then bashing her vehicle November 30 another 2 game suspension to begin the 2010 season. All of these events happened when he was a Georgia Bulldogs’ Football Player. 3 arrests by Montez Robinson as a Georgia Bulldogs’ Football Player. Montez Robinson 20 played as a true freshman last year after being ranked the Number 8 best at his position in the nation, and the top football player at all positions in his state. Montez Robinson’s Arrest for beating up a girl, repeatedly picking her up Friday and slamming her repeatedly into the floor at McWhorter Hall is the Number 90 Arrest / Suspension by a Coach Richt Georgia Bulldogs’ Football PLAYER. This follows the March 7 arrest of one of the leading candidates to be in fact the Starting Quarterback this up-coming season. He by the way would have been a better option than playing flu-ridden sore shoulder Joe Cox against Oklahoma State. This is Zach Mettenberger 18 Georgia Bulldogs’ Football Player arrested for obstruction, disorderly conduct and underage alcohol. The 1st Georgia Bulldogs’ Football Player arrested since Spring Practice began has been suspended for at least 1 game, so he cannot be the Starting Quarterback for that game. The 2nd Georgia Bulldogs’ Football Player arrested since Spring Practice began previously was suspended for the Shreveport Bowl Game when it was determined that he had beat up a girl. And he also already was suspended for both the 1st game next year AND the South Carolina game already for bashing her vehicle lights. Now he has been kicked off the team, as he remains in jail with family member in Alabama saying he would pay the bond but has not been allowed to pay the bond until the previous Judge who gave Georgia Bulldogs’ Football Player Montez Robinson Probation, determines his punishment for violation of his Probation for previously beating up a girl.

Not a good start to this year’s Spring Practice. Summer looms.

C from Marietta

April 7th, 2010
12:29 am

Ramma Bama,

You can’t be serious. Can you? Bama “invented” cheating in college football.

Big D Dawg

April 7th, 2010
12:31 am

rammaaa bammma, we’re watching the next fall from grace, lets see…. 21 victories vacated, 3 yrs probation….. NEXT

UGA Alumnus

April 7th, 2010
12:32 am

BuLLDawg: Will you please come out of the closet already and quit claiming to be a fan of my Alma Mater?

C from Marietta

April 7th, 2010
12:34 am

BuLLdawg,

Look around. It’s not only UGA. Other schools have these problems too. Tenn., Florida, and even Tech have had these problems. As Rossi would say. I am sensing a pattern in your blog. Hint Hint. Your no UGA fan. Your a Tech fan posing as a UGA supporter.

Big D Dawg

April 7th, 2010
12:37 am

according to a friend of mine in gainesville ga, who is a supposed friend with buLLdawgsass, he is a very bitter dawg who thinks he’s a coach and as Tiger says entitled

so buLLdawgsass, are you exposed now?

Don'twastepisson tech

April 7th, 2010
12:40 am

Just wondering when does the “Thug” label apply…. Resisting arrest? Drunken disorderly conduct? Under Age Drinking? Falling off balcony while threatening someone while under age drinking? Getting into drunken fights while underage drinking or drinking period? or just doing any of the above while being black at the same time? I just need to be clear on this for future reference.

BuLLdawg

April 7th, 2010
12:46 am

“Look around. It’s not only UGA. Other schools have these problems too. Tenn., Florida, and even Tech have had these problems.”

You are NO University of Georgia graduate. I don’t give a flip if Tennessee had 9 arrested in 1995 and 20 arrested 2004 to 2006 under Phil Fulmer. I don’t give a flip if 24 were arrested since Urban Meyer was made head coach at Florida. I do give a flip that Georgia tek played Reuben Houston against UGA AFTER he admitted to the AJ-C that he held his child on his lap on Georgia tek’s campus with the 90 lbs of drugs he was attempting to set up a sale of before he leaped from the van and ran across Georgia tek’s campus.

I also give a flip that The University of Georgia continues to have our good name smeared. You don’t. I do.

RED DOG 77

April 7th, 2010
12:54 am

Ah, yes………another exciting episode of ” YeLLow JAckET “……..aka……..” Little Miss Debbie Downer “……..aka……..” Miss BuLLdawg “………….Well, ” Miss BuLLdawg “………I’m so dadgum proud of coach Mark Richt…….I could just punch a GT yellow Jacket right square in the nose……………Now post a response “BuLLdawg”, but please, please, please, please….Don’t write a book about it………Please?

BuLLdawg

April 7th, 2010
12:58 am

90 arrested / suspended University of Georgia Bulldogs’ Football PLAYERS documented on The Internet in the Coach Richt Era

AND

Losers of 10 of the last 20 football games against just SEC East teams while we have averaged in these 4 years of 10 SEC East LOSSES alone 21 fumbles a year all 4 years 14 interceptions a year all 4 years and averaged the NCAA # 96 in Penalties all 4 years of 10-10 SEC East Record.

90 arrested / suspended in the Coach Richt Era AND LOSERS of 10 SEC East games the last 4 years.

It is 1 problem to have LOST 10 SEC East Games ALONE the last 4 years now. It is altogether quite another to LOSE 10 SEC East Games in our own Division of our own Conference, removing us from the national STAGE, and quite another problem ALTOGETHER to ALSO have 90 arrested / suspended in the 9-year Coach Richt Era WHILE we have LOST 10 SEC East Games of the last 20.

A theme ?

Duh.

UGA Alumnus

April 7th, 2010
1:00 am

BuLLDawg: Who should replace Mark Richt? What should he do differently? How could our program meet your expectations? You only post negative comments about our school while conviently leaving out any solutions. You must be a very miserable person whose own team, GT, sucks so bad that the only thing you can do to deal with your pathetic life is pose as a disgruntled Georgia fan. What a sad, lonely life you must live!

BuLLdawg

April 7th, 2010
1:09 am

I don’t want to replace Coach Richt. I want him to (1) Fire Rodney Garner (2) Fire Mike Bobo (3) Fire the RB who is our WR coach (4) Fire our WR is our RB coach (5) Fire the QB who is the TE coach. (6) Beat the vols not be 1-3 the last 4 vs vols (7) beat Florida not be 1-3 the last 4 vs them too both in our own Division (8) run the football (9) have Todd Grantham determine EVERY PLAYER on EVERY DEPTH CHART offense, defense and Special Teams (10) spend at least $750,000 a year on Offensive Coordinator and more than that on the rest of the Offensive staff so that Coach Richt can be the Head Coach not the Offensive Coordinator QB coach, RB coach, WR coach, TE coach and try to figure out why UGA is in decline these last 4 years of 10 SEC East LOSSES alone.

Amazing

April 7th, 2010
1:09 am

Sorry Coach Richt, people are NOT going to reserve their opinions. I’m sure there are alot of jerks very disappointed that this story wasn’t true. No matter how much class you display, there are some that will criticize you because you haven’t won a N.C., or you’re too nice a guy, or you’re too religious, etc. Fortunately, most real Ga. fans know you are a !st rate coach, as well as a 1st rate person. Looking forward to G-day and the up-coming season. Go Dawgs!