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Monday, April 18, 2011

Three recruits charged in football locker thefts

Three visiting recruits from Carver High School in Columbus, including highly-rated defensive back Deion Bonner, were implicated on Monday in the thefts from the Georgia football lockers last week.

Bonner, one of the top recruits in the state of Georgia for the 2012 class, was charged and arrested on one count of theft-by-taking, according to UGA police chief Jimmy Williamson.

Bonner, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound junior, is a highly recruited defensive back with scholarship offers from a long list of schools including Georgia, Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Miami, South Carolina and Southern California.

Marquise T. Hawkins, a sophomore running back, was charged and arrested on two counts of theft-by-taking. A third person, who was unnamed because he is under 17 years old and considered a juvenile, was charged with three counts of theft-by-taking.

Bonner and Hawkins were booked at the Clarke County jail on Monday at 9:05 a.m., according to records. They were released about two hours later after posting bond - $1,500 on each charge.

All three players have been removed from the Carver football team as of Monday, reports The Ledger-Enquirer's Chris White.

UGA spokesman Claude Felton said the team was declining comment for the moment.

On April 8, seven Georgia football players reported items stolen from their lockers in the Butts-Mehre building. There were eight reported items with a total value of $1,990, according to the incident reports. They ranged from an I-phone, with a case, valued at $500 taken from defensive end Abry Jones, to a $30 pair of Nike slippers taken from Jordan Love.

The lockers were not locked, according to the incident report, but access to the Butts-Mehre facility was secured by a fingerprint code.

Williamson said a search was performed last week in Columbus, and some items were recovered. But the electronic devices had already been sold away, he said.

Williamson said checks of Facebook were "helpful" in the investigation.

22 comments:

Regular Guy said...

So I'm gonna go out on a limb here and guess that we'll never see Deion Bonner wearing the red & black.

PTC DAWG said...

Wow.....these guys sure know how to impress.

Dawgfan1307 said...

You've got to be sh!tting me. WOW!

Anonymous said...

Just sad, You got that right Regular Guy, but don't be surprised if we have to match up against him one a year in the SEC.

Anonymous said...

I meant once a year

Anonymous said...

So what does this do to our newly improved relationship with Carver HS?

BulldogBen said...

I'm curious as to what was posted on Facebook that was "helpful" in the investigation. The stupidity of things kids post on facebook these days is amazing (and sad).

Like, life ruining pictures and admissions.

Anon @10:06, I'd say you're right. Richt would look foolish to bring these guys in now, but, other schools will be seen as giving him a 2nd chance. We will get "Mettenbergered".

Anonymous said...

@anon 10:24

It doesn't affect our relationship at all, IMO. Bonner and Hawkins did this to themselves and they are responsible for their actions/consequences. There isn't some vast UGA conspiracy here to entrap these guys. They got caught red-handed perpetrating a crime. I don't think this suddenly damages the relationship. This is totally on the guilty parties, independent of Carver and UGA>

bigeasydawg said...

@BulldogBen I think the ultimate term will forever be Newtoned. I'm sure if this guy goes anywhere and looks good at a juco spring practice, the comments will be lit up about how Richt wouldn't recruit him because (insert good player) is Richt's boy and he didn't wanna show (insert good player) up.

Anonymous said...

Wait, so the sophomore RB was over 18???

Jay said...

They must have just gotten back from an AU recruiting trip and figured it was cool to take whatever they wanted.

Mr. Bixby said...

Hopefully these kids will learn from this mistake.

He who is without sin, cast the first stone.

Daniel said...

Anon @ 12:43: Seriously? You want to know if they were black or white? How many white kids do you know named Deion and Marquis?

Anonymous said...

Wow a lot of Thieving Thugs in college athletics. These guys would have done well at Richts Boys home though.

Anonymous said...

Wow over at the AJC the comments are closed on this story. Funny thing if its a Cam Newton story or another player at the university or even an intrested recruit doing bad things the AJC lets the comments fly. Talk about censorship.

Anonymous said...

Player getting a ticket or underage drinking is just immaturity . Stealing shows bad character. Big difference. I wouldn't touch these kids( really young adults) with a 10 foot pole if I was a coach. Dishonest, sneaky and untrustworthy aren't traits you want on a team. Not hard to figure why despite all the talent Carver couldn't even win a state championship in a low classification.

PTC DAWG said...

Facebook...when will kids learn..adults for that matter. Cops use this all the time to catch perps.

Joeski said...

Am I the only person who figures they were going to do something like this anyway, and so at least they did it before we burned a scholly on them?

Bulldawg said...

And only Georgia will stop recruiting these boys, especially Bonner.

Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Miami, South Carolina and Southern California will all continue to pursue him, after he has transferred to GAC or somewhere else for his senior year.

You know Saban, Chizik (sp?), and Kiffin will take him. Miami? Well of course, it is thug U. Florida state? Yeah, the Criminoles will take him. Spurrier and Clemson are the only question marks.

Bank on it.

Anonymous said...

No Joeski, you're not alone. I don't care if other SEC teams recruit these guys. I want UGA to stay away.

Anonymous said...

Who cares if other teams sign these guys? Clemson? South Carolina? Florida State? When's the last time any of them won a championship. Guys with criminal records who turn out are rare. Besides Newton, who at this point is a one year wonder, what other criminal players have turned out. More likely to be another Ambles at USC than a reformed All anything anywhere. Maybe a part in The Longest Yard part 2.

Seth Emerson said...

Anon whose comment was deleted again:

If you send me an e-mail (semerson@macon.com) under your name, I'll be happy to explain it to you. Although, if it really needs to be explained, well ...