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Monday, January 3, 2011

Details on Dowtin

There's been a bit of misinformation out there today about a story from earlier this year involving Marcus Dowtin, Georgia's junior linebacker, so hopefully this clears some of it up. Here are the pertinent facts:

- On May 29, Dowtin was involved in an altercation at a bar in Ocean City, Md. Dowtin is a native of suburban Maryland, about two-and-a-hours away, and Ocean City is a beach destination for many in that area.

According to an incident report provided by the Ocean City Police Department, Dowtin and some friends became involved in a scuffle with another set of friends, and the scuffle left a 21-year-old man unconscious and bleeding. After reviewing surveillance tape and talking to witnesses, the police determined Dowtin had hit the man. The man, interviewed later by police, was found to have a concussion.

Dowtin was interviewed at the scene, but was not taken into custody.

- On June 22, police issued a summons for Dowtin in regards to the case, charging him with second-degree assault. But he was never arrested.

On Dec. 21, the case was put in "stet," sort of a probation before judgment, and is now considered closed. UGA associate athletics director Claude Felton pointed out that the case was "investigated and resolved prior to the court hearing last month." According to police in Ocean City, the charge will likely be expunged from Dowtin's record if he's clean for a year.

- So Dowtin appears to be out of legal jeopardy. The question now is whether Georgia takes any action: Felton said head coach Mark Richt was not made aware of the incident until today.

Dowtin did not play in the Liberty Bowl, which was a bit of a surprise, but there's no indication it was related to the Ocean City incident.

Dowtin played in 11 games this year, starting twice, and had 57 tackles.


Anonymous said...

Just another guy with Character issues. Clean house in Athens who recruits these type of players!

UGA69Dawg said...

That would be the Reverent Rodney Garner. He likes to try and save the lives and souls of the tough guys.

David said...

Why on Earth wouldn't Richt be aware of the situation until today? Did the UGA Athletic Dept. know about this and keep it from Richt? Nothing implied here, just curious why the head of our football program wouldn't be aware of a potential harmful and at the least stressful situation in one of his player's lives.

Deepthroat said...

It's obvious that Claude and the AA is covering up this story - why else would one of your stud linebackers not play? Could you have imagined the immediate firestorm had this broken just prior to or just after Richts loss in Memphis? It's bad enough as it is right now....and now add this?

OZAM said...

Even if we had a quality football team, it is simply unacceptable that we are even mentioned in connection with the Fulmer Cup. Can we please make the almost certain change so the Bulldog nation can move on. Next year has the makings for a circus.


Anonymous said...

Judge and let thee not be judged, especially from the likes of the peanut gallery. People or morrons should be careful when looking for a good time. Some will use good judgement while others will give you just what you didnt expect. Most who have comments on these blogs would settle for any company they can get. Now that's a real CHARACTER flaw.