An alert reader passed along this story about a former Georgia baseball player. Basically, it’s Jimmy Williamson, for the win.
As a well-known athlete at UGA, Carter said it was almost too easy to make bad decisions.
“Everybody is going out, everybody is having a good time. It’s just that Athens, the Clarke-County, and especially the University Police, they knew who the athletes were,” said Carter.
Carter wasn’t the only Columbus High School alum who ran into trouble this year. Former CHS teammate JT Phillips was also arrested and dismissed from the UGA baseball team.
“That’s what I told JT,” said Carter. “I was like, look buddy, you’re not doing anything that no one else did up there. But you know, just look at it in a positive way. It can be a blessing in disguise. I know where I’m at right now, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
I wouldn’t doubt that kids are getting a warning from their coaches about this once they step on campus. It’s too obvious to ignore. (The situation, not the advice, sadly.) But I also suspect that Rodney Garner, among others, will make plenty of hay with it on the recruiting trail. Mamas don’t want their babies to grow up to be jailbirds and Rodney’s got some special perspective on keeping kids out of trouble. First step is to stay as far away from Williamson’s crew as possible.