Caleb King’s status on team unclear after arrest (updated w/ Richt comments)

(Updated 9:10 p.m.)

Two days after Georgia’s football team won its first game in more than a month, the bad news resumed for the Bulldogs: The team had its 11th player arrested this year.

Tailback Caleb King spent about six hours Monday in the Clarke County Jail on a bench warrant issued after he failed to appear in court in Walton County to address a speeding ticket.

By late morning, King was released on $380 bond, which officials said would be used to satisfy the speeding fine. But how the issue will affect his status on the Georgia team remains unclear.

Coach Mark Richt did not make an announcement or meet with reporters Monday. He discussed the issue on his weekly radio show Monday night but did not say what action he will take.

“Getting a speeding ticket, not paying it and not showing up for a court date is certainly not a very responsible thing, but I can’t say it’s some kind of awful act that we all should just be ashamed of,” Richt said. “But certainly … all of these young men have to understand they have a responsibility to take care of whatever issue they have.

“If they have a ticket, they need to pay it. If they don’t [pay it], they need to show up for the court date. Those things are certainly obvious, and we have to get better at those kinds of things.”

Later, Richt referred to the King situation when asked if freshman running back Ken Malcome might play for the first time.

“There’s a good chance that happens,” Richt said. “We’re not saying for 100 percent certain he will, but the situation that Caleb has gotten himself into and the fact that [tailback] Carlton Thomas’ hamstring may or may not be ready by the end of the week, it may be that Ken has to play.”

To another caller who said he hopes King is not kicked off the team, Richt replied: “We’re just going to do what we feel like is the right thing to do. Bottom line is, we’ve got to make sure everybody takes care of business.”

Of the 10 players previously arrested this year, Richt dismissed four from the team and, in most of the other cases, issued suspensions of at least one game. King’s is the first case involving failure to appear in court for a speeding ticket.

King was arrested by Athens-Clarke County Police after his brother, Brandon King, was pulled over in east Athens around 4 a.m. Monday for driving without a working tag light, according to police spokeswoman Hilda Sorrow. The stop of Brandon King triggered a series of events that led to the discovery of the outstanding warrant for his brother.

First, Brandon King, 23, was placed under arrest when it was determined he was driving with a suspended license, police said. Then, officers asked Brandon King to call the owner of the vehicle he was driving, a 1996 Ford Explorer, and have it picked up.

The vehicle’s owner, Georgia football player Brandon Wood, arrived at the scene five minutes later and was accompanied by Caleb King, according to police. Officers checked the two players’ licenses and discovered the outstanding warrant from nearby Walton County for Caleb King’s arrest. He was booked into the Clarke County Jail shortly after 5 a.m.

Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman said the warrant had been issued by a judge after King, 22, failed to pay a fine or appear in court in connection with a speeding ticket this past summer.

King received a citation June 20 for driving 76 miles per hour in a 55-mph zone on Highway 78, Chapman said. The warrant was issued by a judge after King failed to appear for an Aug. 6 court date.

King was released on bond from the Clarke County Jail at 10:45 a.m. Monday. His $380 bond will be used to pay the speeding ticket, an official with the Walton County Sheriff’s Department said.

Two players said King participated in Georgia’s practice Monday evening.

King’s arrest was the second of a football player since UGA President Michael Adams last month called on the athletics department to deal with the proliferation of arrests.

“We have had too much in the football team,” Adams said in a Sept. 18 interview. “And so we expect the coaches and the AD’s to provide role models and leadership for their players, and I told the whole Athletic Association that” in an early-September staff meeting.

King’s arrest was his second since joining the Georgia program. In 2007, he was arrested by UGA Police for driving a motor-scooter with a suspended license and going the wrong way on a one-way street.

923 comments Add your comment

Clean House

October 11th, 2010
4:33 pm

Kick That Sorry Thug off the team NOW !

Pup Fan

October 11th, 2010
4:34 pm

I’m sure I’m about 12th by now!

Pup Fan

October 11th, 2010
4:34 pm

Wow! Second. Not bad.

Paula Abdul

October 11th, 2010
4:35 pm

We take 1 step foward and 2 steps back!

Pup Fan

October 11th, 2010
4:36 pm

Some of this arrest crap is way overblown….and some not. Damn kids!

No respect for the law,University ,coaches and TEAM

October 11th, 2010
4:37 pm

Sorry to say but Caleb must go………

WOW

October 11th, 2010
4:39 pm

Im surprised that comments are not closed……….

Dale

October 11th, 2010
4:40 pm

I think the precedent is set for dismissal, but Ealey got arrested and cutting King would make him the new starter?

realdawgfan

October 11th, 2010
4:41 pm

This is probably an honest mistake where this kid probably forgot. Have any of you ever been a college student athlete? Probably not it would be really easy to forget something like this. I honestly hope CMR doesn’t overreact this kid has been here for 4 years and has not had a hint of trouble. It would send the wrong message to incoming recruits as well as the ones that are still here. We now have a no forgiveness policy, my God people these are kids!!!

Vince Dooley

October 11th, 2010
4:41 pm

The players don’t respect CMR, so why would they care? CMR and his prayers don’t work with these kind of athletes. Does this happen under Saban’s watch? Exactly.

Montgomery Burns

October 11th, 2010
4:42 pm

I doubt the standard 1 game suspension will suffice here.

edumacated

October 11th, 2010
4:44 pm

Sounds like no big deal to me. He forgot to pay the fine, or show up in court. Run him until his tongue is hanging out for being irresponsible and move on.

No I in TEAM

October 11th, 2010
4:44 pm

incident began at 4am!!! must have been an early start to an 8am class!! So sad….so much talent, such an opportunity for an education, and football to boot!!! What a waste. Will see how serious Coach and admin are about all this ….

realdawgfan

October 11th, 2010
4:45 pm

Do you really think in Alabama any player gets arrested ever??? Are you that Naive? This has nothing to do with respect for the coach. irresponsible, maybe but disrespctful not at all.

Gainesville Dawg

October 11th, 2010
4:45 pm

I think it is rather ironic that he is arrested when he is helping his brother. The Clarke Co. Police could have handled this differently. There has to be a reason why King had not paid the fine or appeared in court. My goodness, it is only a speeding ticket. Only UGA makes the news in Atlanta, especially if it is bad. The headlines of Schultz sounded like a murder case.
Totally exaggerated!!!!!!!!!!!

bruce mac

October 11th, 2010
4:46 pm

Go back to the loser Blog, you know the gold and white one. Nothing here worth looking at. Big deal, kid gets ticket, kid forgets to pay ticket, big friggin deal. Enjoy your miserable life losers.

WTF

October 11th, 2010
4:50 pm

Does anyone read the articles? The incident started at 4am for Caleb’s brother. Caleb’s failure to appear FOR A SPEEDING TICKET was from August, so the “zero tolerance policy” wasn’t even in place. The kid is still an idiot, but lighten up folks

Curious George

October 11th, 2010
4:50 pm

So.. I get that this is a ‘big deal’ now that it’s playing itself out, but if the warrant was issued after he failed to show up in court on August 6th… what have they been doing?

Could they not find him for the last two months? Not like he’s been in on national television a few times since then or anything.. and I guess it IS pretty big secret to everyone in the state of Georgia that he plays on the UGA football team.

Seems like something in this situation was done improperly at some point by the police if nobody reacted to there being a warrant for his arrest over the last two months. Obviously, it was a series of dumb decisions by Caleb King and he deserves to be punished, but I have to raise an eyebrow at some of the details here.

Devil's Advocate

October 11th, 2010
4:51 pm

Some bloggers still call football players “kids”. What a misnomer. Wise up!!! There are thousands of men and women in uniform younger than these misbehaving football players. Also, have you checked lately how many of the football players have kids of their own? They may behave like irresponsible, spoiled, pampered jocks, but kids?!, they are not.

CHDawg

October 11th, 2010
4:51 pm

It is a speeding ticket, folks. Relax. How many kids understand the process, or adults for that matter? Admittedly, he should have been smart enough to handle it or ask about it, but remember that most people don’t lose their jobs over a speeding ticket, and King shouldn’t even have to miss a game over this. Getting arrested for failing to pay the ticket is punishment enough imo.

realdawgfan

October 11th, 2010
4:51 pm

@ No I in TEAM: re-read the article you obviously missed it! The owner of the truck was called to the scene and he appeared with him because it was his brother that was driving the truck! Please get your facts straight before making a comment. He should run his but off for being irresponsible but that is it!

Taking the Fun

October 11th, 2010
4:53 pm

Plenty of opportunities to come clean on this Caleb. 1. Pay the fine before the due date, 2. Show up in court and plead your case, 3. Request an court extension. You can’t just ignore it … Sorta like what the whole team has been doing with CMR … ignoring him. Well it time to ignore Caleb.

ugabean

October 11th, 2010
4:54 pm

King is out. What ever happened to the 2 1000 yard rushers this year. Please, recruit a bruising rb. SC has got them a good rb. I have never seen what people see in King. Ealey has the fumble fright. Thomas is just to small.

SoCal Dawg

October 11th, 2010
4:54 pm

I’m 37 and have never had a cop ask to see my license unless I was speeding. Why did the cop ask to see King’s license. All these players getting arrested are idiots and maybe that’s why they can’t learn the D or the offense but is there some prize in Clarke county for whoever can arrest the most UGA players?

Stein

October 11th, 2010
4:55 pm

Why not suspend him for the rest of the season?

ugabean

October 11th, 2010
4:56 pm

Are the Athens police that bad? Are the players that bad?

dawgfan

October 11th, 2010
4:57 pm

Another one bites the dust!

robertussen

October 11th, 2010
4:58 pm

this is stupid and shouldnt even be news

AltamahaDawg

October 11th, 2010
4:58 pm

Speaking of having kids, are these guys somebodies kids too? It sure doesn’t seem like it. Why is it up to the UGA athletic department to deal with making sure their driver’s license are valid?

WE RUN THIS STATE

October 11th, 2010
4:58 pm

we don’t do court dates

ugabean

October 11th, 2010
4:58 pm

King had his mind on this ticket for a long time. That is why he is not running that well this year.

just the truth

October 11th, 2010
4:58 pm

It’s a shame of the society we are now breeding. Win at all cost. No accountability. Your talking about a person who shouldn’t even be in college. He transferred from three different high schools and then went out of state for summer school just so he could graduate. He then was accepted on the very last day to UGA to major in …………… you guessed it, another high school course !! Arrest mean nothing as long as you win!

CHDawg

October 11th, 2010
4:59 pm

I am beginning to wonder about the Athens police! There are a million crimes committed in that city–from bounced checks, to underage drinking, parking tickets, etc., and they sure seem to have a vendetta against UGA football players. Arguing with players and then booking them for infractions like not spelling their middle names just doesn’t make the FBI’s ten most wanted list.

College Dad

October 11th, 2010
4:59 pm

This one hits home…our son away on college recieved a speeding ticket. Too embarrassed or fearing the consequences never told us about the ticket and making matters worse forgot about his fine and his court date. You know the rest of the story. I take great exception to calling a kid a thug or suggesting he be kicked out of school as I’m not sure the punishment fits the crime.
Make no mistake, there were serious consequences for our son and there should be serious consequences for CK but let’s look at the big picture before ruining a kids life. I’m a Ga grad and a huge fan and sickened by some of the arrests but let’s not judge each and every case the same.
I hope all of you calling for him to be kicked out of school and off the team are given the same justice when it is you or one of your kids.

Runner up Richt

October 11th, 2010
4:59 pm

Hey all you conspiracy theory guys need to shut up. The police have a job to do. Its there job to enforce laws. They are not going to turn over a vehicle to a criminal thats why they got his ID and ran a check. The police are doing their job, the thing you need to ask is why CMR is not doing his. This is another black eye for a team and university that already has gone through enough.

ColumbusDawg

October 11th, 2010
5:00 pm

@GainesvilleDawg, a reason he didn’t pay the ticket or go to court? WTF!? While your at it, I’m sure he had a good reason for speeding too! Clownboat!

DawgInMemphis

October 11th, 2010
5:01 pm

Curious George,
1. The warrant was outstanding for 2 months because police resources aren’t going to be wasted to proactively seize someone on an outstanding speeding ticket. They wait until they are either pulled over again and run the tags or fall into their lap like Caleb King. We as taxpayers should appreciate that.

2. Case in point of why this is overblown and the AJC has nothing better to do than to trash kids and make a mountain out of a mole hill.

AJC, perhaps you could do a little real journalism and write a piece comparing the actual “crimes” committed by Georgia players to those of other schools. But then again, a mere blanket tally of numbers fits your agenda better, doesn’t it ? “”Oh my god ! A team of 90 adolescent jocks got 11 speeding tickets this summer ! ! What a bunch of thugs ! This paper, like many local papers, is turning into a total joke !

layinlow

October 11th, 2010
5:01 pm

I’m a dawg fan too but some of you guys are delusional. King Forgot? Please spare me. And the Clarke county police could have handle it differently? He had a WARRANT out for his arrest so the Clarke county police were just doing their job by taking him into custody. Yes it was just a speeding ticket but when he failed to pay it or show up for his court date it became a much bigger deal. Police offers can’t let people go when a judge has issued a warrant for their arrest. The apologist need to stop making excuses, king was stupid and irresponsible.

Surprised

October 11th, 2010
5:02 pm

I’m not surprised.

realdawgfan

October 11th, 2010
5:03 pm

I just wonder if there is some other underlying issue here. Are they after the coach? Are their certain types of players that get arrested and others get to walk? Im just wondering, would this have happened to David Pollack or one of the Stinchcomb Bro’s? Just a thought…

Runner up Richt

October 11th, 2010
5:03 pm

Hey Memphis it wouldnt be a problem if the coaching staff could get a handle on these arrests. Its been a problem for years and never addressed till we start losing. UGA has had over 40 arrest in the CMR era.

WTF????

October 11th, 2010
5:04 pm

Totally agree with Devil’s Advocate!! These clowns left home and are at least 18 years old. Maybe they need a boot up their behinds just like the drill sergeants give others in boot camp. Grow up and start acting responsibly for crying out loud. They are NOT kids so stop calling them that…..would you want one of them to play with one of your ‘kids’?

Surprised

October 11th, 2010
5:04 pm

UGA locker room wall: Motivational Posters and Bail Bondsman Advertisements.

UGADAWG 1978

October 11th, 2010
5:05 pm

Hey Jesus. Kansas HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Dumbass

dawgster

October 11th, 2010
5:05 pm

Gainesville Dawg..have to agree with you some although i’m not excusing it any way…it seems to me that it could have been handled differently…Everybody is going to be calling for Coach Richt to kick him off the team, but the circumstances with the speeding ticket are somewhat different than when our other player was kicked off recently for DUI and other issues…I don’t know what King was thinking, whether he forgot, or just didn’t think he would get caught…It is true these are young kids that are on their own for the first time and having the freedom to go and do as they want is a prescription for disaster…It would be a shame to kick him off, i think you have look at his whole body of work and give him credit for being a good student athelete before this incident…I’m sure there will be some idiots on here calling him a “thug” as they usually are…

will-cobb

October 11th, 2010
5:05 pm

As I always say, so far I know of no one on the 1980 National Championship team that has still not been arrested for stealing the pig back during the summer before the season. Sooner or later the Athen’s/UGA Police Department will get on top of that caper and and they will be able to add to their total arrest record. Do you really think that any other Police precinct in the SEC/ACC can touch the the record’s of Athen’s “finest”! Yea it was a dumb thing to do by Caleb, and I am sure that every coach in the SEC/ACC is pointing out to our recruits what is going on in Athens and that their is no way they should be going to UGA!

SoCal Dawg

October 11th, 2010
5:05 pm

Runner up Richt- are you sure you don’t work for Clarke county. Something similar happen with my bro a few years back… I showed up and drove the car away.

Richt walks warily down the street with the brim pulled way down low

October 11th, 2010
5:07 pm

Georgia has the one of the worst rushing offenses in the SEC (#10, only Arkansas and Tenn are worse)

Who cares if King is kicked off the team?!? UGA can’t run the damn ball as it stands now!

And you’re got a “veteran” offensive line to boot!

Richt walks warily down the street with the brim pulled way down low

October 11th, 2010
5:08 pm

you’ve got*

Shane

October 11th, 2010
5:08 pm

Good lord its a speeding ticket.

Get over it.