Marijuana charges dropped against UGA basketball player Donte Williams

ATHENS — Georgia basketball player Donte Williams told media gathered at Stegeman Coliseum on Monday that the marijuana charges leveled against him in May have been dismissed and vehemently proclaimed he does not do drugs.

Reporters came for a press conference to advance the Bulldogs’ upcoming 10-day trip to Italy for three exhibition games. But before that event got underway, Williams took a seat next head coach Mark Fox at a table on a podium in the Stegeman interview room and asked to make a statement. Following is what Williams’ said:

“I know everybody here is aware of the incident that took place on May 25th. First I want to apologize for bringing negative attention to the University and towards me team and towards my family. But I want the truth to be known that I don’t do drugs. Soon after the incident I took a drug test; passed my drug test. I came up here and passed my drug test and took another drug test for the court and passed that drug test. The case has been dismissed. Since then I have moved on and focused on basketball, focused on school and I’m getting ready for the season now. That’s it.”

Georgia did not let allow the 6-foot-9  junior forward to entertain any questions and he was dismissed from the room by Fox.

Williams was arrested in the parking lot of Lenox Square Mall on Friday night, May 25th, and taken to Atlanta City Jail on charges of misdemeanor marijuana possession. Claude Reid, 20, who was driving Williams’ car, was also arrested on the same charges after 3.3 grams of pot was found in the car.

Fox took questions on Williams’ behalf.

“In this country you’re innocent until proven guilty,” he said. “But oftentimes as an athlete you’re guilty until you prove your innocence. I think Donte has learned a valuable lesson in who his friends should be. He was able to share some things with you that I would not be able to. But I think he’s learned a valuable lesson and I’m happy that he’s able to show his innocence in certain areas.

Fox said he has not yet decided if Williams will be subjected to any punishment. Fellow players said Williams already has been in terms of community service work and internal team discipline.

“He put himself in a bad position; wrong place, wrong time, wrong people,” Fox said. “I’ll deal with all that, but I won’t deal with any of that until later. . . . The important thing for now is when he’s 30 years old and trying to get a job and people Google his name, I want the truth to be known.”

Meanwhile, Williams will be with his teammates when they depart for Milan on Friday. He’s a valuable member of the ball club. The junior from Ellenwood started all 32 games at forward, averaging 7.0 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Williams and fellow returning starters Marcus Thornton and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will be joined by four newcomers as they play three European teams over 10 days across Italy.

“I think it’s a trip that will be a great benefit to our team and an experience these guys will learn a great deal about another culture and be exposed to another part of the world,” Fox said. “I see it as a business trip and an educational trip. It’s a trip to really improve for us.”

Among the sites the team will visit are the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Venice, the statue of David in Florence and the Vatican in Rome.

“I don’t think we’ll be able to see the Pope but it’ll be a great trip,” Fox quipped. “I think it will be a fun experience for them.”

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padre

July 30th, 2012
5:11 pm

wonderful 1st

Fred Sanford Stadium

July 30th, 2012
5:15 pm

who pays for this trip?

BigDawg

July 30th, 2012
5:18 pm

Good to hear, Go Dawgs!

Maconga

July 30th, 2012
5:18 pm

The trip to Italy is a great opportunity for the kids both to get in some practice an game time and to see the world. Let’s support B’ball like football and get Stegman rocking this winter.

Go Dawgs!!

David

July 30th, 2012
5:19 pm

NOTSO Fast

July 30th, 2012
5:20 pm

Charges dropped. We have heard of that before.

David

July 30th, 2012
5:20 pm

disappointed

July 30th, 2012
5:28 pm

When I read the headline, I immediately got excited as I thought they were talking about B. Smith or one of the other knuckleheads on the football team.

Then I realized it was about basketball and immediately stopped caring. Why can’t charges be dropped for football players?!

disappointed

July 30th, 2012
5:29 pm

first part of the headline I meant to say…

Double Zero Eight

July 30th, 2012
5:39 pm

I bet if the Athens PD was involved, the charges
would not have been dropped.

Glad this individual was exonerated so that he
can concentrate on basketball.

PMC

July 30th, 2012
5:43 pm

Skip Pisa, spend more time in Florence, Enjoy Italy all.

Pitbull

July 30th, 2012
5:48 pm

I like this quote:

“In this country you’re innocent until proven guilty,” he said. “But oftentimes as an athlete you’re guilty until you prove your innocence.

Its especially true with the AJC in their efforts to build readership when they throw athletes under the bus without first allowing them their day in court and hide behind the First Amendment.

Beast from the East

July 30th, 2012
6:23 pm

Good for him, but he needs to learn a lesson from this incident. It’s called you’re only as good as the company you keep.

Cal

July 30th, 2012
6:38 pm

So in other words, “I don’t do drugs. I just carry them around for other people.”

Lomax

July 30th, 2012
6:40 pm

Weed ain’t a drug. It’s medicine, Mahn.

Frank Lane

July 30th, 2012
6:52 pm

Good to hear something came out better than expected for once.

fan

July 30th, 2012
7:02 pm

Pot charges are never entertained over at Tech, thats just part of their fun.

Browncoat

July 30th, 2012
7:50 pm

Lagdawg

July 30th, 2012
8:03 pm

This good news. Now, I am a big fan of CMF, but can he get in on recruiting some if the big five star talent and actually sign some of them so that this team can become a dominant part of CBB again. Recruiting the 3stars and losing out on the big time players is really costing this program. He needs better recruiters or something.

chinkakomp

July 30th, 2012
8:03 pm

С…ки уже бодяжат все подряд.
Вчера купил Молдавский Белый Аист в обычном магазине – гуано.
Видел на каком-то форуме или доске объявлений рекламу интернет-магазина.
Были положительные отзывы.
Они вроде под заказ возят из Молдавии. И долб…б не сохранил адрессссс. Дурак
Название у магазина было странным и я его не запомнил какойто алкохол .. alcohol…
А какой блин не помню – гуглить уже устал. Подскажите ссылку, если знаете! Спасибо!

claytondawg

July 30th, 2012
8:13 pm

Great comment, Pitbull. I agree. The main thing here is good news for the sports’ programs at UGA. FINALLY!!!. Mark Fox needs to recruit better; however, he can’t recruit until the Basketball ‘Dogs have better and stronger seasons. Here’s hoping the ‘Dogs will surprise the SEC this year with several, several more w’s in the win column. Then and only then will recruiting and the team get noticed.

kingdaddy

July 30th, 2012
8:14 pm

If I was Coach Fox I would keep him on a short leash until he has proved himself. No more arrest. What’s it take for a high profile (no pun intended) player to stay out of trouble? Good luck Donte, and Coach Fox…

Son of Sammy Davis Jr, Jr

July 30th, 2012
9:19 pm

3.3 grams between 2 people? They could have eaten that before the cops got them.

DawgNole

July 30th, 2012
9:42 pm

claytondawg
July 30th, 2012
8:13 pm

Great comment, Pitbull. I agree. The main thing here is good news for the sports’ programs at UGA. FINALLY!!!. Mark Fox needs to recruit better; however, he can’t recruit until the Basketball ‘Dogs have better and stronger seasons. Here’s hoping the ‘Dogs will surprise the SEC this year with several, several more w’s in the win column. Then and only then will recruiting and the team get noticed.
_________________

It’s a “chicken or the egg” situation, claytondawg. More Ws will be required for the team to recruit/attract the highest-level talent–but without the highest-level talent, more Ws will be hard to come by.

BG

July 30th, 2012
9:54 pm

Good for him. The media and the AJC need to remember that in the US we are presumed innocent until proven otherwise.

Dick Enewe

July 30th, 2012
10:37 pm

I agree with all the comments

Left Coast Dawg

July 30th, 2012
11:20 pm

Lmao @ Sammy Davis IV

Top Row Dawg

July 31st, 2012
12:03 am

Glad to see a UGA basketball player passing this kind of test, twice.

Fair n Balanced

July 31st, 2012
2:09 am

Good news. For once!

Malcolm Kyle

July 31st, 2012
6:26 am

Marijuana is used by the majority of top sportspeople everywhere:

* “I just let him know that most of the players in the league use marijuana and I have and do partake in smoking weed in the offseason” – Josh Howard, forward for the Dallas Mavericks. Howard admitted to smoking marijuana on Michel Irvin’s ESPN show.

* “You got guys out there playing high every night. You got 60% of your league on marijuana. What can you do?” – Charles Oakley (Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets)

* “I personally know boxers, body builders, cyclists, runners and athletes from all walks of life that train and compete with the assistance of marijuana,” – WWE wrestler Rob Van Dam

* Some of the best cricket players of all time, like Phil Tufnell and Sir Ian Botham, have admitted to regularly using marijuana to deal with stress and muscle aches. In 2001, half of South Africa’s cricket team was caught smoking marijuana with the team physiotherapist. They were celebrating a championship victory in the Caribbean.

Dan F

July 31st, 2012
7:12 am

We know this kid. We have confidence in the kid. It never made sense, it didn’t fit the person. Now we know we were right.

Animal Control

July 31st, 2012
7:50 am

Right! Because I am frequently around drugs while not doing them either. If anyone honestly believes that, you’re as dumb as he is for saying it.

Sassafras

July 31st, 2012
7:54 am

The media and the AJC need to remember that in the US we are presumed innocent until proven otherwise.

That only applies to the government-run judicial system. Individuals or organizations are perfectly free to rush to judgment if they like.

Just one more lawless UGA goon.

Sid

July 31st, 2012
7:57 am

Dan F July 31st, 2012 7:12 am
We know this kid. We have confidence in the kid. It never made sense, it didn’t fit the person. Now we know we were right.
**********************************************
Dan, got bad news for ya………….you still don’t know “this kid”. This sound like a diversion program, ie come in and test negative and we will drop the charges. He still had pot in his car which is the same as “his” possesion. And if indeed it was his friends pot his “friend” thru him under the bus. A cop once told me “Your’e the captain of the ship, choose your friends carefully”.

Kelly

July 31st, 2012
8:22 am

Sid: Screw that cop. They have a quota. If what he said were true, they’d have to shut down police stations across the nation because of bad cops. Now how’d they like them apples? Captain of the ship my ass.

UGA fan...not fanatic

July 31st, 2012
8:24 am

If your the Captain… it’s chose your mates carefully, like the Skipper did on his 3 hour tour.

flo-ri-duh

July 31st, 2012
8:35 am

Some positive news on UGA………. he has learned a valuable lesson – do hang around a bad influence. Something Isaih Crowell and Rambo need to learn while they still have a chance at a good future. Don’t hang around bad people. It’s negative for your life.

old dog

July 31st, 2012
8:45 am

Good thing there was no pot-testing in the ’70’s…………..let ‘em play!

Joey

July 31st, 2012
9:01 am

Isiah Crowell didn’t hang around with a bad influence.

Isiah Crowell IS a bad influence.

Doug

July 31st, 2012
9:12 am

Clearly, the UGA culture includes marjauana use. The culture is instilled into the freshmen early…remember Crowell had three freshmen in his car. Until UGA installs a NO tolerance policy, one use and expulsion, rather than hand slaps, pot will remian a large part of the culture…as an alumni, condoned drug use is not something that makes me want to support my school.

Spliffs Galore

July 31st, 2012
9:27 am

If you wanna get HIGH, Get HIGH on Jesus!

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July 31st, 2012
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ozzfest

July 31st, 2012
10:43 am

WHY DID GEORGIA NOT ADVERTIZE THIS?…I HAVE PLENTY OF LEAVE TIME…AND WOULD HAVE REDEEMED SOME SKYMILES TO CATCH THE DOGS IN EUROPE.

WHERE IS THE MARKETING DEPARTMENT??

onlineshoppingforsale

July 31st, 2012
10:51 am

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AGTFan53

July 31st, 2012
11:27 am

Good news for this young man. Hopefully he learned a lesson that will serve him the rest of his life. It sounds like Coach fox and UGA dealt with this in constructive way.

South Ga Dawg

July 31st, 2012
12:10 pm

Hey Fred Sanford Stadium. They all sold Doughnuts to fund the trip. You didn’t get a box? I just ate mine. Doggone good too.

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July 31st, 2012
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UGASlobberknocker

July 31st, 2012
1:26 pm

the above post by ” splitproekt” is written in some kind of Russki alphabet..so i thought I would translate it for our loyal reading audience:It is actually a mesage to his home country.to his cousin Boris.

” Boris, This is Igor from Athens. Man have they got some good weed in this place!!!. the babes and the music arent bad either. Please send more rubles. thanks, your comrade, Igor. “

Chuck

July 31st, 2012
3:35 pm

Boy that Mark Fox ride was a short one ! Do they have enough policemen in Athens for both Football and Basketball teams ?

441North

July 31st, 2012
3:56 pm

I follow UGA sports with a passion. I hit AJC.com a couple of times a day, if not more. However I did not know about Donte’s stuff until today, and I didn’t recall our Bball guys were headed to Europe until today, either.

Mark Fox is REALLY working uphill. Ours is a football school, and we will never have a consistent basketball program until media folks decide to spend their precious time on it, and until the embarrasing empty seats in Stegman are occupied.