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Monday, October 11, 2010

King held in jail on failure-to-appear charge

Georgia tailback Caleb King was held at Clarke County jail on Monday morning, after failing to appear in court to address a speeding ticket in Walton County.

"Coach Richt is aware of the situation and is continuing to gather information," Georgia associate athletics director Claude Felton said in a statement.

King became the 11th Georgia player to be arrested in 2010, and the fourth since August. Washaun Ealey, another Bulldog tailback, was charged with three misdemeanors in August stemming from a traffic incident when he hit a parked car.

King, a 22-year-old junior, started at tailback for Georgia in its 41-14 win over Tennessee on Saturday, leading the team with 58 rushing yards. He is the team's second-leading rusher midway through the season.

King has rushed for 228 yards in four games, having missed one with a sprained ankle. He started in the team's season opener.

This is King's second brush with the law since joining the Bulldogs. He was charged with operating a scooter without a license in July 2007.

31 comments:

I. Lee said...

Are you serious? OMG!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Failing to appear for a traffic charge. Big whoop. The sky is falling in 3....2....1....

Jubjub said...

Still, you gotta start doing something to send these guys a message. It's no big thing but when you have 30 no big things, you gotta do something. Suspend him for the rest of the year.

Either the coaches can turn it around or they can't. But you gotta start trying to get back on the right foot somehow.

Anonymous said...

Let's see if Richt will be "Ford tough" and kick this thug off the team.

NCDawg said...

You know its getting bad when a story like this fails to register surprise.

How do you teach maturity? Granted I was not the model of maturity when I was in college. My wife would argue I'm still not. But almost all of these arrests are for stupid immature reasons. Frustrating.

Amy said...

Let me get this straight, hes a thug because he got a speeding ticket? You gotta be kidding me, that is not deserving of being kicked off the team.

Jubjub said...

Actually he'd be getting suspended for failing to appear and being thrown in jail. But I agree, it doesn't make him a thug.

Anonymous said...

Forgot to pay a speeding ticket or something? I guess I'm a thug too and should be fired from my job. My wife has lost control over our house!! My mother-in-law was right the whole time when she noticed I left my underwaer laying on the floor occassionally when we first got married! No discipline. I have a nice Ford, so living there shouldn't be too "tough." I guess I'll head on over to Athens now and get my tailgate on. Go Dawgs!

Anonymous said...

I agree - it's just a traffic charge..."thug" is harsh, and kicking him off the team just doesn't fit the crime.

A: we should wait for all the details before jumping to rash conclusions

B: we should rename the Season ticket donation fund - "Bail"

Jubjub said...

Alright. Honest question for all those who are against suspending players, what do we do to keep this from continuing to happen. You have to admit that this is a problem. If you don't then...whatever, but for those that do see the problem, how do we fix it? Ban players from driving? Can they even do that?

CharlotteDawg said...

Didn't Richt mention a few weeks back that the program was aware of suspended licenses/traffic stops etc? Not at all excusing Caleb not being responsible for himself, but was Richt just giving lip service because this seems like something the program should have been aware of and reminded Caleb to go home...

Anonymous said...

Let's see, Ealey was labeled a "thug" for hitting a parked car so what is the difference?

BullyMack said...

Jub-I know how to fix this mess. #1 We turn these 18-21 yr. old kids into responsible 30 year old human/robot hybrids who never make mistakes. These robot hybrids must also have Kung Fu grip to help them hang on the football. #2 We can give them all magic 8-balls to confer with on their every decision. "Should I pay this speeding ticket? All signs point to YES." #3 We make all the players with driving/parking issues all car pool by cramming into a clown car and where clown outfits around campus for a week. Honestly, what else can we do? What is the precedent with this infraction? I can't even keep track anymore.

Amy said...

That's a tough question. These coaches are in charge of 100 kids ages 18-23. There is no way to keep up with them 24/7 to make sure they are making good decisions. On top of that, most of the kids families aren't close by to keep an eye on them while they are going to school @ one of the top party schools in America. These kids are in the spotlight & people are just waiting for them to screw up. No one wants to blame parents once they are at college, but if they are raised with good morals, that goes a long way in keeping them out of trouble. How is Richt to know if a kid who's never been in trouble will show up to college, get influenced by the wrong people, and get in trouble. All he can do is put the fear of God in them & pray they make the right choices.

Billy said...

Operating a scooter w/o a license?!?!?!?
Our campus security must be run by Florida flunkies.

Anonymous said...

Shut the heck up dipwads, do you even know what you are spouting off about? NO.........traffic crap, get a freakin life losers!

Anonymous said...

"Caleb King is the starter, there should be no question about that."
Yes there is a major question. Will McGarity and Richt suspend King for the rest of the season or not?

Anonymous said...

He got a ticket in Walton County, a major speed trap between Athens and Atlanta! I used to live there and had to slow to a crawl when going through "Between" since they pull you over for doing anything above the speed limit.

Not saying he didn't deserve a ticket, and yes he should be punished for failing to appear in court or pay the fine. But, you can get a ticket in Walton County for breathing too fast.

Getting roused from bed in the middle of the night and held in the tank should be punishment enough. This is not the same as an altercation or damaging property.

Just because someone is black, does not make them a thug. Thuggish behavior makes one a thug, and this is not thuggish behavior.

Anonymous said...

How this made the front page of ESPN.com is beyond me...

Dorsey Hill said...

Here's my suggestion: Do nothing. If they're old enough to fight in a war, they're old enough to manage their traffic affairs. Making it a staff responsibility to stay on these guys about their driving records merely enables the stupidity.

Manage your own business. Or don't, and suffer the consequences.

Anonymous said...

I blame Brooks Conrad!!!

Anonymous said...

I cannot believe that players on other teams are not getting arrested for similar charges. King should have paid the traffic ticket, it is his fault, but we have to ask what other teams are doing to keep their players out of jail for this trivial stuff.

UGA has a top notch program, we need to implement the same approach that these other teams have that seem to avoid these problems.

David said...

The problem isn't that Caleb got the ticket or even failed to take care of it which led to his arrest. The problem is that "hopefully" Richt has told these clowns that if another one of their asses gets arrested they're off the damn team. And the fact that none of these players care enough to avoid these things from happening or respect Richt enough to believe or fear him. We've had too many arrests period. There's got to be consequences for flat out disrespecting the team, the university, and their coach. It sucks its come to this, but I agree with suspending him the remainder of the year.

Todd said...

I don't care how "minor" this violation seems, it's still breaking the law and he deserves to be punished. Kicked off the team? NO!

This is getting to be a troubling pattern right now at UGA. I'm beginning to think that some of these players don't care anymore. Are the coaches losing the team's respect? Maybe. I think the bigger problem is we have no senior leadership - if you have no leaders on the team then you get crap like this.

I say suspend King for 2 games. And work the seniors until they're puking. Someone needs to start taking this stuff seriously.

Anonymous said...

Seems that none of the players fear Richt at all. He can't hold their hand off the field but he sure can get tough and hold them accountable. Is he too much of a friend to the players and too soft himself? I don't have the answers but I'm sure McGarity is wondering the same thing.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Todd...

Anonymous said...

Nicely done, 10:05 Anon.

But seriously, though, how do our guys keep letting stupid stuff like this that would be so easy to avoid keep happening again and again? Could he really have just forgotten, or just decided he wasn't going to pay it because he didn't have the money? Do these kids think you can just get away with stuff like this, or that it's no big deal to get arrested if you don't feel like paying for something like a ticket?

Anonymous said...

Washaun Ealey said he thinks Coach Richt should and will suspend Caleb King, which is why he is then going to practice extra hard this week so that he can take on the additional load.

Anonymous said...

Thug.

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