Backup tailback Dontavius Jackson: ‘I was, like, the peacemaker’ in taxi incident

Also see: Injuries sideline several Dogs as spring practice winds down.

And: How coaches divide up the Dogs for G-Day (with “Red” and “Black” team rosters).

ATHENS – Georgia backup tailback Dontavius Jackson said Thursday that he is the player Athens-Clarke County police described as the “peacemaker” in an alleged attack on a married couple in an Athens taxi last month.

“Yeah, I was in the cab. I was, like, the peacemaker,” Jackson said.  “But as far as in-depth, I’m not allowed to speak on it because it’s still under investigation.”

Police earlier this week said no UGA players were offenders in the incident but that one  player was in the taxi van at the time.  “The investigation revealed that [the player] acted as a peacemaker and tried to calm the situation,” the police statement said. Police had declined to name the player.

Jackson is a sophomore who played in four games last season, gaining 38 yards on four carries.

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DJAX

April 8th, 2010
5:18 pm

Glad to hear that no players were involved with this ugly incident. Dontavious has been portrayed as a good person and his actions that night prove that assessment to be correct.

jerry

April 8th, 2010
5:18 pm

How did the investigation reveal that the player was a peacemaker? That’s what is not being told.

Clegg

April 8th, 2010
5:22 pm

jerry, I’d imagine that came from witness reports. That’s typically how an investigation like this works.

UGA tooth Fairy

April 8th, 2010
5:22 pm

Sure you were Mr. Jackson. Did you have fun partyin till 2:00 am?

The peacemaker

April 8th, 2010
5:25 pm

Nice friends you hang around with Mr. Jackson

WHY SO SERIOUS???

April 8th, 2010
5:27 pm

Dude, seriously, EVERY college kid parties til 2:00 AM. There were nights in college where I’d be up til 4 or 5 AM. They’re kids, this one is a good one, I say let them have their fun on the weekends.

Bout Time...

April 8th, 2010
5:30 pm

DJAX, THANK YOU so much for not doing the stupid FIRST thing. What the hell is the deal w/ that? Nobody cares who is the first person on a blog thread! Besides, it is very obvious who is the first person just by looking at it. These are the same people who buy a sports car w/ the vanity plate when they are 40something and say “Hey everybody,LOOK at ME!!!”. My penis is small so I must compensate!!

Really???

April 8th, 2010
5:30 pm

Is someone really questioning why a college student was out at 2am partying??? If I was done at 2am, that was a sad night in Athens.

David Brent

April 8th, 2010
5:33 pm

I’m just glad he was taking a cab.

WHY SO SERIOUS ???

April 8th, 2010
5:33 pm

Im sorry Im a loser and an idiot. That dude had practice at 7:00 am. Stupid Stupid Stupid

AltamahaDawg

April 8th, 2010
5:36 pm

Jerry, is it your opinion that the Athens police are the ones that informed Dontavius that he “was, like, the peacemaker”.

AltamahaDawg

April 8th, 2010
5:37 pm

They practiced that Sunday morning?

Clegg

April 8th, 2010
5:39 pm

Partying until 2AM and taking a cab is a bad thing? I don’t get it. Sounds like he partied responsibly.

Inspector Gadget

April 8th, 2010
5:43 pm

We must investigate further ! Peace Maker or Keeper ? Which is it?

Bout Time...

April 8th, 2010
5:46 pm

Yeah, at least he wasn’t driving. It doesn’t matter if Jesus himself came down on a cloud and rose back up w/ this kid, there would still be haters out there talking trash about it. Just stay off of our blogs, you worthless biotches.I think I here your mommies calling you anyway to come eat dinner.And don’t forget to turn the basement light off on your way out!

Odell T.

April 8th, 2010
5:48 pm

This is another case of Richt sending the team attorney out to fix things like he did when his thugs destroyed the potted plants at the hospital. I am still wondering who paid Danell Ellerbe’s $20,000 bond after his violent rampage a few years ago. I am thinking it will be another banner year for lawyers in Athens.

WHY SO SERIOUS ???

April 8th, 2010
5:49 pm

Yes 7:00 am bible study with CMR.

Pugnacious Paul

April 8th, 2010
5:51 pm

Punch’em upside the head I say !

driverate

April 8th, 2010
5:57 pm

regardless, he wasn’t a very good peacemaker . . .

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

April 8th, 2010
5:57 pm

Where were the peacemakers when they painted my a$$? I suppose if there was a peacemaker in the car with the hoodlums there could/should have been a peacemaker in that electrical closet when they were painting my a$$. Now, what are they going to do for a mascot next season? The phone is not ringing. Maybe some of these suspended players could be turned into mascots. That might require more a$$ painting, though, the way they do things at UGA.

Dawg On It

April 8th, 2010
6:09 pm

Why was a college kid out until 2AM. Wtf is up with that? He shoujld be tarred and feathered. Maybe we should hang him while we’re at it.
@Jerry. What difference does it make. Obviously if he was not an actual Peace Maker then I am sure the couple would have spoken up by now.

Doubt it!

April 8th, 2010
6:10 pm

Odell T. – Shows how much you know. It was Dewberry who destroyed the potted plants at the hospital. Not Ellerbe. BTW Ellerbe is playing in the NFL so I am sure he could find away to pay back $20k in fines if it was actually him you idiot. If you are going to post on here at least have some idea of what you are talking about.

Dawg On It

April 8th, 2010
6:12 pm

Also do we know everything that happened? You know how some guys like to show off for the gf’s. “Hey baby watch me punk this big black guy!” Whap….famous last words

WHY SO SERIOUS ???

April 8th, 2010
6:12 pm

I am an idiot. I just checked and they didn’t have practice the day after the incident. The kid is isn’t wrong here

WHY SO SERIOUS ???

April 8th, 2010
6:13 pm

oops… I mean isn’t at wrong here

TXDawg

April 8th, 2010
6:17 pm

9.2 yards per carry…..why isn’t he starting!!

Lol….just kidding.

Lilburn Dawg

April 8th, 2010
6:22 pm

What has not been made clear is whether Jackson was friends of, and was with the other men on the van or whether he didn’t even know them. That’s what I’d like to have answered.

WHY SO SERIOUS ???

April 8th, 2010
6:25 pm

I am an idiot !!!! The team had Bible study at 7:00 with CMR.

Perry Mason

April 8th, 2010
6:40 pm

Mr. Jackson…. Did you or did you not inadvertently hit the young woman upside the head when entering the taxi van at 2:00 am while being under the influence? Dontavious Jackson : Naw sir Mr. Mason I was, like the umm, My homies ,uh was, I mean my homie Montez uh wait a minute, he wasnt there, I was the peace maker who wanted to swing , uh I mean peace keeper in da accident, Uh I means the taxi incident…… Perry Mason : no further questions your Honor.

Clegg

April 8th, 2010
6:42 pm

Lilburn Dawg, I believe the reports stated that Jackson was actually in the cab w/the couple at the time when they encountered the four troublemakers.

BravesFan79

April 8th, 2010
6:44 pm

This should be processed as a HATE Crime! Just like what would of happened had it been 4 whites attacking a black couple!

WHY SO SERIOUS ???

April 8th, 2010
6:46 pm

I am an idiot. Who starts bible study at 7am? Of course he didn’t have bible study.

Win P.

April 8th, 2010
6:50 pm

My advice to Mr. Dontavius Jackson is he should take a hard look a the “company” he keeps.

Bremen Dawg

April 8th, 2010
6:54 pm

Dontavius Jackson is a good kid, leave it at that.

DawgFan24

April 8th, 2010
6:57 pm

So these guys allegedly slapped and punched the married couple in the van UNPROVOKED??? Why am I having a hard time believing this? I used to LIVE downtown Athens, would party every night till about 3 AM, and never got into an UNPROVOKED Fight. Seriously, looks like someone was trying a little too hard for some attention.

SEC OBSERVOR

April 8th, 2010
7:03 pm

Dawg fans,

Yes. Its a legit question as to why the kid was out at 2 am. In case you haven’t noticed Georgia is in the middle of spring training. And yes. Teams do practice on Sundays. Its not at all unusual. And it is indeed a very legit question to ask why a player was out at 2 am if the team had practice the next morning whether it be a 7 am or 10 am practice.

This ties in with the whole problem facing the dawgs football team. A complete lack of focus and discipline. Did the player do wrong? No. But the fact that he’s out partying at 2 am during spring training and on a day when supposedly the team has practice the next morning tells you just what kind of an undisciplined program Richt is running. You guys ever think about that???

Stinger

April 8th, 2010
7:05 pm

I knew that they would not serve any time even though they were guilty.

Dawg fan for life

April 8th, 2010
7:12 pm

BravesFan79,

Of course it should be processed as a hate crime since the obvious intent of these 4 or 5 black men was to harass the white man and insult his wife with crude sexual comments that she should be with them. But does anyone think it will happen? I sure aint holding my breath over it happening.

Some of you believe anything

April 8th, 2010
7:48 pm

The “victims” falsely identified the 4 black men as being UGA football players and then conveniently forgot to mention that one of the black guys tried to stop the incident. Why aren’t most of you questioning that instead of worrying if Dontavious was friends with them or not?

You want to point out that Dontavious was out drinking when that’s never been mentioned by the police. The “victims” did mention that they had been out drinking. Why not question their honesty since they left inportant info out of the police report and conviently forgot to mention someone tried to help? You ignore the real issues because you have an agenda.

Are many of you really gullible enough to believe the threats, racism and physical stuff came from someone complementing brats? You still want to find a reason to implicate Dontavious yet fail to question the honesty/validity of the “victims” report when there are blindingly obvious holes throughout.

So much for innocent until proven guitly.

What?

April 8th, 2010
7:53 pm

SEC Observer,

Do you really think college students, athletes or not, do’n't do this at all schools? Talk about being removed from reality.

What.....

April 8th, 2010
7:55 pm

was he doing with those thugs in the first place??

hedgepruner

April 8th, 2010
8:12 pm

Inmates run the uga football program just like they use to at FSU when MR coached under Bowden, only difference FSU won a few National Championships…..THUG ball !!!!

AltamahaDawg

April 8th, 2010
8:18 pm

I see Coach Richt’s advice fell on deaf ears. It’s good to know so many of you read the complete police report and studied the transcript of the entire conversation so well. I wish you had come forward last week when we all needed info.

You have no idea what Dontavious was doing, who these other guys are, what really happened. I would say you don’t know who is not telling the truth BUT since nobody has any idea of who said what, that would be pretty hard to do. Although it seems to me that the story from this couple is far from rock solid.

And I am pretty sure anybody over the age of 12 has been in the company of “friends” when they do something that you neither control nor approve of. I rather doubt they telegraphed what they were going to do before getting in the cab. I guess he didn’t jump out of a moving vehicle, so he didn’t do everything possible.

NCAA cops

April 8th, 2010
8:26 pm

“Some of you believe anything”,

Apparently you must believe that a married couple goes out and just makes up police reports and false allegations just cause they got nothing but time on their hands. You’re right. They just made the whole thing up for no good reason at all.

Oh, wait a minute. If Dontavious confirmed the whole incident and his role as a peacemaker than apparently this couple didn’t just make the whole incident up out of thin air. Mmmmh!

Hard to believe that 2 people are victimized by 4 or 5 thugs and yet there are people like you that are questioning the integrity of the victims rather than wanting to go after the thugs. Does your little mind think that couples just go around completely making up incidents like this? The fact that they thought they were probably all football players means nothing. It just means the thugs were big looking and that’s it. But no one questions the fact that the incident actually happened you freaking moron.

Stinger

April 8th, 2010
8:35 pm

Lets see how many high school players get offers from Heard County this year by CMR???????????? You think??????

stw

April 8th, 2010
8:57 pm

NCAA cops: Now let me see if I understand you…Since the “thugs” in the cab HAD NOTHING to do with the football program you expect Coach Richt to “go after them”?

AltamahaDawg

April 8th, 2010
9:00 pm

I would think cop training would teach you to read the actual comments. Never did he said they fabricated the whole thing out of thin air, now did he? But not reporting it till days later, and jumping to conclusions as to the identities of those involved, not knowing if it were 4 or 3, (you got it up to 5 now I see) and appearantly just didnt notice the “peace-maker”. At the very least, its says there is more to the story as has been assumed. He also very correctly pointed out a couple of “given facts” that seem to be floating around that have never been even mentioned in the reports.

Turn in your badge please.

outonleave

April 8th, 2010
9:24 pm

WHY SO SERIOUS, no more schizophrenic comments? C’mon dude, I was enjoying the dialogue you were having with yourself.

GT is now a 6TH RATE HIGH SCHOOL TEAM

April 8th, 2010
9:37 pm

THOSE JELLO JOCKITCHES AT NORTH AVENUE HAVE NO LIFE AND CANNOT BELIEVE COLLEGE STUDENTS CAN ENJOY LIFE OTHER THAN BEING IN THEIR LABvatories. HAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHHAHAHAHAHA.

Lude AXE

April 8th, 2010
9:52 pm

Opps I spelled my name wrong. I mean ,I wuz, Uh Coach told me to shut my mouth cuz its still under investigation.