Kwame Geathers’ father upset over his son’s half-game suspension

Robert Geathers Sr., the father of Georgia sophomore noseguard Kwame Geathers, is upset that his son was assessed a two-quarter suspension in the Florida game after being the victim of what he thought was a dangerous, defenseless hit in the Vanderbilt game this past weekend.

“I’ve played football and been around football all my life,” said Robert Geathers Sr., who played in the NFL for 13 seasons has has two other sons playing professionally, “and if you watch it you see this kid speed up while everybody else is slowing down and he’s locked in on my son’s leg. If you look closely you can see the guy give a thumbs up to the sideline and the coach telling him ‘good job.’ I was, like, ‘Wow!’ I could be sitting here today telling you how my son’s surgery went.”

Mr. Geathers is referring to Vanderbilt sophomore center Logan Stewart, who was flagged for clipping on the play. Kwame Geathers was called for a personal foul after he turned around and punched Stewart in the side while both players remained on the ground. You can  GO HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO.

Both players were assessed half-game suspensions by the SEC on Wednesday afternoon. Georgia strong safety Shawn Williams was also levied a half-game suspension for an illegal hit he made in the game.

Mr. Geathers was incredulous that his son is being disciplined at all.

“They fine you for hits like that in the NFL and they’re fining Kwame two quarters out of a game?,” he said. “Kwame didn’t do anything wrong. He’s just reacting. I’m a parent who’s really upset. I could’ve gotten a call telling me that my son’s career is over.”

Mr. Geathers said Vanderbilt “needs to call Georgia and apologize for that kid. I think a good coach would do that. I’m not sure if we’ll get anything out of this but somebody needs to make an example of it and it doesn’t need to be Kwame.”

Vanderbilt coach James Franklin and Georgia coach Mark Richt, participating in the weekly SEC teleconference call on Wednesday, declined to comment on any of the events that took place during or after Georgia’s 33-28 win.

– Chip Towers

359 comments Add your comment

MarineDog

October 19th, 2011
12:23 pm

This suspension will mean more to UGA than Vandy by a long shot.

SE GA Fan

October 19th, 2011
12:24 pm

I agree completely with Mr. Geathers. UGA always seems to get penalized for infractions and other college teams/players get nothing. If you want to talk about lack of class, start with the Vandy coach who initiated all of this and Logan Stewart.

Jeff

October 19th, 2011
12:25 pm

What a cheap shot. I don’t blame Kwame one bit. Franklin is a POS. He should have walked away if a 20 year old college kid was talking smack. Franklin was the adult but he sure didn’t act like one.

MarineDog

October 19th, 2011
12:27 pm

I can’t ever remember the SEC suspending someone for a personal foul that was flagged on the field. Not saying that it has never happened; just do’t remember it. This has gone way to far, but I can tell you this, he be a nightmare for FL come the second half of that game.

ty ty football guru

October 19th, 2011
12:28 pm

More UGA whining and patting each other on the back. The Emperor is not wearing clothes people. There is NO discipline in Athens. Geathers was WRONG, reaction or not, WRONG!

MarineDog

October 19th, 2011
12:29 pm

“too far”, “he will be a nightmare”

Dbalcer

October 19th, 2011
12:29 pm

Sad that he was hit after the play was over and this is what happens. I wonder if the refs get any kind of punishment for their actions during this game.

MarineDog

October 19th, 2011
12:30 pm

I’m just glad it’s coming to an end. Just need to move on and get ready for the next game.

Captain

October 19th, 2011
12:31 pm

So our starting Def Lineman who was blindsided at the knee by
Vandy’s player, leading with his helmet, must sit the first half of the Fla game while Vandy’s offender sits the first half of the ARMY game!?!?!? Now that friends is SEC justice. This is the same SEC Commish who didn’t dare suspend Nick Fairley, the same SEC Commish who overturned the SEC rule regarding seeking financial benefits so Cam could play, the same SEC Commish who saw no need to suspend Brandon Spikes for eye gouging Ealey, yet he is able to step up and suspend Kwame Geathers. Way to go Mike Slive, you are a true and brilliant Commissioner.

Equal punishment says Kwame sits the first half of the New Mexico St game, that would be the equal to sitting the first half of the Army game, wouldn’t it?

Zoli

October 19th, 2011
12:31 pm

I didn’t see the cheap shot watching the game. After watching the video, Kwame should not get suspended for receiving such a cheap shot to the knee. That will hurt us a lot more than it will Vandy. JJ will have to step it up in the first half if so.

Toccoa Dawg

October 19th, 2011
12:31 pm

I hope the AJC is happy they got the victim suspended.

TomInTucker

October 19th, 2011
12:32 pm

Kind of like Ben Jones going after the Miss State players knees last year. Coach Richt marched his hind end to the sideline and told him not to do that anymore. Then he put him back in. Seems like UGA has been accused of chop blocks before.

DAWG with two bags over head

October 19th, 2011
12:32 pm

I don’t agree with Geathers’ punishment, but if he’s going to be punished, Logan Stewart should get a 2-game suspension for what he did.

Kauai DAWG

October 19th, 2011
12:32 pm

Mr. Geathers is correct to be mad. This is embarrasing for the SEC to penalize Kwame. I don’t condon his punch at all but the tape has to be able to be viewed by the SEC and it is clear. Vandy played a dirty game and tried to act as if they did nothing wrong.

Go DAWGS!

Andrew

October 19th, 2011
12:33 pm

Ty Ty, would you be saying that if your son was the one receiving a cheap shot after the play was over? Think about it that way before you say Kwame was wrong

Dawg '85

October 19th, 2011
12:34 pm

Chip – I don’t know if it is you or a supposed “editor”, but the articles and headlines regarding the UGA/Vandy issues have been downright sensationalist and irresponsible.”… upset over his forthcoming suspension”…??? You could say possible, pending… forthcoming sounds as if it has already been decided.

And to characterize Kwame’s reaction as a punch is also a bit harsh. He was clearly the victim of a dirty hit after the whistle had blown and the play stopped. I think any player who is hit from behind unexpectedly after the whistle is going to react with a physical response. His “punch” is more of a rapid push, and it was not followed by any other aggressive movement.

It is obvious when the AJC tries to over-hype issues involving UGA, and I’m sick of it.

Toccoa Dawg

October 19th, 2011
12:34 pm

I support Mr. Geathers and his son that was a cheap shot but with the SEC wisdom the victim gets the penalty.

hornblowermg

October 19th, 2011
12:34 pm

i agree with Mr.Geathers.

BILLY JACK

October 19th, 2011
12:34 pm

Mr Geathers you are right to be upset-if this were my son I would be too.You clearly know what your talking about having raised many family members playing college and pro football.God bless you and your family and Kwame who is a great young man.The vandy player will come to Athens next year and Kwame and the rest of the kids will get justice.

DAWG with two bags over head

October 19th, 2011
12:34 pm

Slive is the poster child for all the things that are wrong with college football.

Toccoa Dawg

October 19th, 2011
12:36 pm

Amen Dawg ‘85 preach on brotha

Charles

October 19th, 2011
12:36 pm

Why do you say it was assessed if it hasn’t actually been assessed? I mean, you did say the SEC office hasn’t commented, correct?

pdawg

October 19th, 2011
12:37 pm

I even dont know what to say…..I am tempted to say we should start playing dirty, very dirty cos they have proven to me that they would rather focus on retaliation to dirty play….disgusting

Top Row Dog

October 19th, 2011
12:38 pm

Appeal the suspension, and then drop the appeal for the New Mexico State game. Is that possible?

Parade of Knuckleheads

October 19th, 2011
12:38 pm

Enter your comments here

Seriously

October 19th, 2011
12:38 pm

Let’s see which is worse – A) getting your knee taken out from behind or B) a half hearted punch at someone with A HELMET ON? So the SEC office views them as equal – another joke. Wouldn’t happen to Bama, LSU, FL, or Auburn. The inequality with the way punishment is doled out by the SEC is unexcusable. UGA athletic department needs to quit being so compliant and fight back – tell the SEC to take their two quarter suspension and shove it! Ty Ty the troll go crawl back under whatever rock you emerged from.

DawgnMD

October 19th, 2011
12:38 pm

I’m glad this is almost settled. Let’s all get over it and be happy KG wasn’t injured. We have bigger things coming up to think about. Ty Ty you’re a tool Bro.
Go Dawgs Go Ravens

Sec 114

October 19th, 2011
12:38 pm

pdawg – What do you mean “start”? Georgia has always played dirty. Ask anyone.

norris

October 19th, 2011
12:39 pm

And the SEC proves once again what a joke they are! I’ve met Kwame Geathers. He had a class in our building and he was the kindest person you could talk too! When it happened I knew something had to have caused him to hit that guy and that something was a big deal! The Vandy dude deserves a greater punishment than Kwame if Kwame has to be punished. Nothing else cuts it!

DAWGBONE79

October 19th, 2011
12:39 pm

It seems this Vandal coach isn’t as innocent as he makes himself out to be. And for someone to maliciously try to injure another player and allowed to continue to play is on the refs. If they had dealt with this during the game none of the after game drama would have happened. Maybe Slive can review the crew that did that game and determine why it wasn’t addressed.

DAWGBONE79

ryan

October 19th, 2011
12:40 pm

This bull crap injustice well maybe this can be motivation for us that everyone is against us .

Frank Lane

October 19th, 2011
12:40 pm

I completely agree with Mr. Geathers

Angry Dawg

October 19th, 2011
12:40 pm

Geez! What a load of BS! It’s too bad we are undefeated and in the running for the national title, the Commish would probably give KG a hand slap (i.e. Auburn).

j

October 19th, 2011
12:40 pm

Richt should apologize for making us watch his garbage team play.

Dalton Dawg

October 19th, 2011
12:40 pm

I really thought we got rid of that cancer Lame Kitten but he now shows up as the Vanderbilt coach. I heard him speak after the SEC media days and he sounded like he was a classy man and wanted to bring winning and class to the school. Guess what he’s brought disgrace so far if he fails to bench his player for this it shows he has no class. I would have “slugged” this guy to and he and the player is a POS. This will not be soon forgot and next year the Dawgs will absolutely stomp them in our house. And the position coach that condones this for Vanderbilt will have a hard road to hoe unless he shows some class and does the right thing. This will be remembered for years and “CLEAN” payback will be hell.

Jasont13

October 19th, 2011
12:41 pm

What hasn’t anyone reported on the Vandy center giving his coach a thumbs up after the play and the coach saying good job? Way to go AJC. Just like the Tech cheating issue. You report only one said not both sides.

MY 2 cents

October 19th, 2011
12:41 pm

James Franklin should resign! He is clearly a low life piece of garbage! Vanderbilt should l never win another SEC game. If Im an SEC coach game planning for Vandy, watch the f@#k out!!!! Cause Im bringing freaking hell with me!!!

pdawg

October 19th, 2011
12:41 pm

Sec114….really??? Are you serious??….okay you think we play dirty….you have not seen dirty yet, you just wait

VentingDawg

October 19th, 2011
12:42 pm

Kwame’s Dad should file an injunction & sue the SEC. Kwame had a gut reaction to a player trying to injure him! The coach should who cheered his player for that should be suspended for the rest of the season if not banned all together! The NCAA needs to take cut blocking out of the game & make it a 15 yard personal foul. Then if a player gets flagged for that enough times he gets suspended if it continues after that he gets a lifetime ban. There’s no place in the game for trying to intentionally hurt someone! Therefore a rule should not be kept that could cause harm to players!

MY 2 cents

October 19th, 2011
12:42 pm

FIRE FRANKLIN!!!!!!!!!

Confused Dawg

October 19th, 2011
12:42 pm

Wwhat? What the heck just happened? How did…? What the…? &#$@!&^%$!

Joe

October 19th, 2011
12:43 pm

Good lord, listen to the HOMERS! He did it, take the punishment!

ryan

October 19th, 2011
12:44 pm

I am done with the AJC they jumped the gun basically accused UGA to get the haters ramped up .

Maddog13

October 19th, 2011
12:44 pm

We saw what the Vandy recruits had to say about the game, where are the comments from the UGA recruits?

Calhoundawg

October 19th, 2011
12:44 pm

@ty ty football guru – I would love to see it happen to you. Just like Nick Fairley last year, these guys are being COACHED to do those type of things and then applauded for it. You’re a stupid, sick puppy.

Frank Lane

October 19th, 2011
12:45 pm

Not upset with Kwame’s punishment. Think Logan getting off too light. Should be more like two games for him.

pdawg

October 19th, 2011
12:45 pm

Is it also true that CMR used a derogatory word to refer to his own player whiles talking to vandy coach?

Tell it Like it Is

October 19th, 2011
12:46 pm

Jame Franklin is a deceitful, pretentious, self-righteous hyprocrite. Could Grantham have responded in a better way – Yes – He has admitted his fault. Not Franklin – he wants everyone to think nothing was his fault, but Franklin instigated the whole scene. The Vandy coach is a grown adult who has no business coming at 20 year old players after the game. And then yell back at our coach – there was no turning the other cheek. As Richt said walk out and shake hands – that means you too James. Vandy likes to protray themsellves as this clean cut group that plays by the rules. That is the dirtiest, cheating team UGA has played all year. Call a spade a spade !!!

Dawg '85

October 19th, 2011
12:46 pm

Also, I think all of the talk about the conversation between CMR and Franklin after the skirmish had been pretty one-sided and ignorant. If you watched Franklin’s post-game presser, it is obvious that he is very smug and is trying to change Vandy’s pushover status overnight. While I commend the notion, I don’t condone the tactics.

Franklin’s explanation to CMR reminded me of a kid who’s about to get in trouble running to Daddy to explain that it was his brother’s fault… and Richt just wanted him appeased and out of his face.

jacketdad

October 19th, 2011
12:47 pm

As the father ot a Yellow Jacket I am obviously not a Georgia fan. I viewed this video hoping to see some type of Bulldog cheap shot but what I saw instead was an incredibly dirty play by the Vandy player. Geathers is lucky he was not hurt badly – he should have kicked the crap out of the Vandy player..