Two other UGA players named, not charged, in police report (UPDATED)

UPDATE, 3:45 P.M. MONDAY:

ATHENS — Two teammates of arrested Georgia football players Dontavius Jackson and Tavarres King are named in the UGA Police Department’s report on the weekend incident.

Cornerback Branden Smith was a passenger in the vehicle driven by Jackson but was the only one of the five people in the 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche not arrested because he “was determined to have not been drinking,” according to the police incident report obtained by the AJC today.

Also, an identification card issued to Vance Cuff, a Georgia cornerback, was found on a female passenger in the vehicle and taken into evidence, according to the incident report. Cuff was not in the vehicle.

The report said Jackson, who was arrested on DUI and five other misdemeanor charges, “admitted to having consumed 2 shots while downtown” after initially telling police he had not consumed any alcohol.  Jackson “appeared to not be trying to provide a sufficient sample” on the breath test, according to the report, and told police during a field sobriety test that a left knee injury affected his balance. The report said Jackson “stated that he had rear ended another vehicle” moments earlier.

King and two other passengers, not UGA athletes, were arrested on charges of underage possession of alcohol.

POSTED 7:33 P.M.  SUNDAY:

The two Georgia football players arrested  on alcohol-related charges this weekend were suspended from the team Sunday night by coach Mark Richt.

Backup tailback Dontavius Jackson and starting split end Tavarres King have been suspended indefinitely from all team activities, Richt said. More specifically, Richt said, Jackson will be required to sit out at least the first six games of the season — half of the schedule — and King will miss at least the Sept. 4 season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette.

Richt said he is still gathering information, which could lead to additional penalties.

“I’m disappointed in their decision-making and lack of judgment,  and they will both pay a stiff price,” Richt said in a statement. “All our players need to understand that it’s a privilege to be a Bulldog, and their conduct needs to reflect the standards we expect.”

Jackson and King were arrested early Saturday after their vehicle was pulled over by UGA Police.  Jackson, 20, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, underage possession of alcohol, following too closely, leaving the scene of an accident, violation of the move-over law and violation of learner’s permit. King, 19, was charged with underage possession of alcohol. Two other passengers in the vehicle — not UGA athletes — also were charged with underage possession of alcohol. A fourth passenger was not arrested.

The alcohol-related arrests of Jackson and King came just days after UGA athletics director Damon Evans resigned in the aftermath of his June 30 DUI arrest in Atlanta.

Jackson and King are the sixth and seventh Georgia football players arrested this year.

UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson told the AJC that Jackson and King were arrested after a series of events on East Campus Road early Saturday morning.

Williamson said two patrol cars were at an unrelated traffic stop when a vehicle — later determined to be driven by Jackson — passed at an inappropriate speed and failed to move over. As one of the patrol cars began pursuit of Jackson for allegedly violating the move-over law, a third officer put out a radio report of an incident moments earlier in which a vehicle had left the scene of a minor accident after rear-ending another car. The description of the vehicle that allegedly left the scene of the accident  matched the one being pursued for the move-over violation, Williamson said.

When the vehicle was pulled over, Jackson was driving and had four passengers, Williamson said. Police determined the vehicle had damage consistent with the earlier accident. There were no injuries in that accident, Williamson said.

The vehicle, a 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche, is registered to King, Williamson said.

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601 comments Add your comment

RAY Watson

July 11th, 2010
7:41 pm

I was hoping CMR would kick their A$$es off the team.enough already. first?

Pull My Finger

July 11th, 2010
7:42 pm

Hope they learn a lesson…..first!

Pull My Finger

July 11th, 2010
7:42 pm

Okay, maybe third.

RJ

July 11th, 2010
7:45 pm

More college football thugs!

Taylor

July 11th, 2010
7:46 pm

Jackson should be gone, but King deserves second chance. MIP is not that bad

Clay

July 11th, 2010
7:46 pm

I expected Jackson to be kicked off the team and King to get 4 games since he wasn’t driving. I think Jackson is getting off lightly considering the DUI deal we just went through.

Atlantan

July 11th, 2010
7:46 pm

As a Georgia Grad these incidents are an embarrassment to the school. Jackson should be kicked off the team or suspended for the year. King’s one game suspension seem fair, but it should be three for being an idiot.

CMR needs to get control of the players. He has turned out to be a phony like Bowden when it comes to institutional control. I hope the next AD has some some cajones to actually take steps to end this consistent embarrassment every year. Being the champion of the Fulmer cup is nothing to brag about.

11Dawg

July 11th, 2010
7:47 pm

I would disagree about kicking King off the team, RAY. MIP isn’t that much of an offense, especially compared to a DUI. A one game suspension seems the right choice to me.

As for Jackson…I could see him getting kicked off.

Dawg 2011

July 11th, 2010
7:47 pm

Right on Taylor…kick Jackson’s @$$ off…you think these morons would learn from Damon’s screw up last week

Taylor

July 11th, 2010
7:49 pm

Jackson should be gone no question, but I think King deserved 1-3 games. First time offense for MIP is not that big of a deal to me being a college student. If he is a repeat offender, then bye bye.

Ricky 4

July 11th, 2010
7:49 pm

Tavarres will have hell to pay when his Daddy gets a hold of him. That’s a fact.

old timer

July 11th, 2010
7:51 pm

have to get tough on these recuits ,they are getting a great college education . cmr, you can stop this bull if you take their scollys away.then the parents will take care of the rest. i’m a fan of uga since 1943.

Bradley

July 11th, 2010
7:52 pm

These athletes are given full rides, provided by taxpayers, and should be released from the team just like any other empolyee of the state if they were to be arrested for DUI. Enough of this crap in our society for suspending them for a few games. It is time we get tough and make our future generations grow to appreciate the things they have been given! They don’t understand gifts for their accomplishments and hard work and how they can be taken away. It is our fault as grown adults for not having a back bone to deliever the correct punishment to our youth and start to build an appreciative generation who understands hard work and the correct way to live. It is ashame when it begins at the top (UGA’s AD) and how our youth see them do the same crap. I’m tired of this heartless generation of how we give in! Enough Said!!!

ECB

July 11th, 2010
7:52 pm

MIP is like a parking ticket on game day…everyone is doing it. Jackson see ya…you and Duh-Rick will be good buddies at Troy State…or out west with Mettenberg!

Kris G

July 11th, 2010
7:54 pm

I love how people pretend they never drank before they were legal. DUI is serious, MIP is not.

who cares? they're irrelevant

July 11th, 2010
7:54 pm

proven thugs, convicts, and drunks … that trailer park in athens brings nothing but shame to the state

The Real SugarHillDawg

July 11th, 2010
7:55 pm

I hope Marlon Brown sees this as his chance. Jackson won’t be missed either way.

wpww dawg

July 11th, 2010
7:55 pm

i dont care who they are kick them off the team! this is getting old. if this is the respect they have for UGA send them to fort hood i mean FORT VALLEY!

GIVE ME A BREAK

July 11th, 2010
7:56 pm

And the “SOAP OPERA” continues.

wpww dawg

July 11th, 2010
7:56 pm

Bradley said it best!!!

Barry

July 11th, 2010
7:56 pm

With schools like FSU, Miami, and Tennessee cleaning up their act, UGA is now standing out like a sore thumb as the new “criminoles.”

It’s Mark Richt. He spent so much time immersed in a thug system in Tallahassee that he can’t change. Or won’t change, to be correct.

Bradley

July 11th, 2010
7:57 pm

BTW, Kris G not everyone in this world drank before legal age. Just because you hear it on tv or read it in the media doesn’t mean it’s true. There are hundreds of thousands of people who have never drank a drop of alcohol in their life. This world is bigger than our selfish United States.

Kris G

July 11th, 2010
7:57 pm

@ Bradley… sure, let’s make UGA the most draconian school in the NCAA. That’ll get those top recruits in here. Knowing that they’ll lose a scholly and a year of eligibility for, essentially, acting like the 20 year olds that they are.

wpww dawg

July 11th, 2010
7:58 pm

Mark Richt cant hold their hands 24/7. blame the punks and their punk parents

charlie the tuna

July 11th, 2010
8:00 pm

Good gosh, when will this crap end? And why are they not booted off the team? I am constantly embarrassed by these thugs wasting the air at my Alma Mater.

Bradley

July 11th, 2010
8:00 pm

Kris, when do we stop accepting that it’s okay to let 20 year olds drink and drive and possibly kill an innocent life? You got to take a stand at some point or we will end up worse. And UGA is not all about sports. Most students who attend UGA don’t participate in sports. They actually go to school to get an education.

2HLLWGA

July 11th, 2010
8:01 pm

It appears that even Tennessee knows how to discipline, but UGA still has yet to learn that one judging by the events of the past two weeks.

Kris G

July 11th, 2010
8:01 pm

@Bradley, not everyone. Just 98%, and we’re only talking about the US, since the NCAA doesn’t operate elsewhere, nor do these principles you’re speaking of with regards to athletic scholarships. So yeah, let’s just recruit the athletes from the remaining 2%, and I’m sure those are just the kind of guys you can use to populate a sports program.

lol

July 11th, 2010
8:02 pm

which one was wearing the red panties??

dawggirl

July 11th, 2010
8:02 pm

Um, Barry? How exactly is Tennessee cleaning up their act? Or have you not read the news coming out of Knoxville the last few days? Are you living under a rock?

That being said, there is a definite problem in Athens. There needs to be a curfew enforced. These boys are obviously too immature to act like adults, so they must be treated like children and be tucked into bed at night like little five-year-olds.

old timer

July 11th, 2010
8:03 pm

You got to start somewhere.Richt should start right now. I love the DAWGS,but, i’m tired of every time i hear or read the news a couple more idiots have been arrested.

Michael

July 11th, 2010
8:03 pm

GameTime

July 11th, 2010
8:04 pm

Isn’t it about time Richt put “character” a little higher on his list of selection criteria when recruiting these kids. It’s a joke. Sheds a bad light on the school, the football program, and most importantly the good kids that are at UGA.

barneyb

July 11th, 2010
8:04 pm

Bradley, you are spot on this one. Why were my donations (which have now ceased after the last few incidents) and my tax dollars continuing to support these punks? I don’t care that they are still young and their frontal lobes are not yet fully formed. You give me a free ride to college and you bet your butt I won’t screw that up!

RedPantsDawg

July 11th, 2010
8:04 pm

Enough is enough. Richt needs to punish the entire team when someone screws up. Have them all running stadium steps at 5AM. This will produce enough peer pressure and locker room beatdowns to put a stop to this crap. If they aren’t worried about what Richt is going to do to them maybe they need to be worried about their teammates.

dawggirl

July 11th, 2010
8:05 pm

I like that idea, RedPantsDawg.

89

July 11th, 2010
8:05 pm

FSU The U enough said it’s CMR’s blood.

Brandon H

July 11th, 2010
8:07 pm

Not sure where anyone gets the idea that tax dollars are used to pay for athletic scholarships, but that is not the case.

KimZ'sPackage

July 11th, 2010
8:08 pm

Yes, the DUI(just days after Damon’s troubles) Jackson needs to be gone. MIP is happening all the time but you could make it more than a game against La-Laff. I now know why UGA doesn’t really want to play in the Chic-fil-a Kick Off Classic. Who knows who will be able to play in a REAL Game for the First game of the season. UGA needs to play a real first game every year and that would force the coach to make sure his players are not getting in trouble in the off season.

dawggirl

July 11th, 2010
8:08 pm

For those complaining, please note the part of the article that states there could be additional penalties.

barneyb

July 11th, 2010
8:10 pm

Additional penalties at a later date, so what? Punishment needs to be swift & certain. GONE from the get-go! Don’t wussy around!

SourGrapes

July 11th, 2010
8:10 pm

RedPantsDawg – I like the way you think.

Brandon H – the school is funded by the state, so in general, everyone is getting subsidized. Not the same, I know. But still taxpayer-supported.

Kris G

July 11th, 2010
8:11 pm

barneyb – at your current age, you wouldn’t screw it up. maybe at 20, you wouldn’t screw it up and there are plenty of athletes at UGA who DON’T screw it up. However, since most 20 year olds have a tendency to think like 20 year olds, it’s a little silly to A. Think you can judge who will and won’t drink from a few conversation with a 17 year old… and B. Impose penalties that could potentially eliminate a large portion of the players that you have invested in, knowing that the next guys you sign won’t really be any less likely to screw up since… they’re still going to be KIDS.

bye, bye, miss american pie

July 11th, 2010
8:12 pm

Were they wearing their red panties?

average joe

July 11th, 2010
8:12 pm

I agree with Bradley. I am sick and tired of these kids thinking they are ENTITLED! That generation is in BIG trouble if things don’t change. Gettign back to the football team… It’s time for a few mature senior players to call the entire team in and get on some a$$. What were they thinking after what just happened to Evans and the UT players?

SourGrapes

July 11th, 2010
8:12 pm

I’m a GT guy, and I see nothing wrong with possession. Heck, 15 years ago, I would have been charged with it a few times myself but the cops were a little different than they have to be now.

Being an idiot and getting into a car with a drunk guy, that should be 3 games. And RedPantsDawg’s idea, make the whole team suffer. Might make players start self-policing.

ray watson

July 11th, 2010
8:13 pm

Red Pants Dawg,that’s my thinking.we need to get serious. tighten up coach.

Joe Mac

July 11th, 2010
8:14 pm

NOT ENOUGH! Bottom line, not enough! I’m sick and tired of this crap. SEND THEM PACKING! The previous penalties he has used for similar violations have not been enough to send the message to the players.

I AM SO SICK OF THIS CRAP IN THIS PROGRAM!

Kris G

July 11th, 2010
8:14 pm

By the way… with all this talk of taxpayer subsidies, is there any concern to the massive profit the department makes that will disappear when we start recruiting at comic book conventions?

sick of hypiocracy

July 11th, 2010
8:15 pm

Why are these thugs, petty criminals, and worse, admitted to UGA in the first place? Young men of questionable academic achievement and potential future scholarly success are enrolled while those students of greater credentials are denied adnission?